The Tangibility of the Intangible: Beyond Empiricism



Edith Turner, in carrying on the works she and her husband Victor Turner pioneered, has focused attention on the unseen and unheard realities of cultural life. Her work draws attention back to the significance of the manner in which cultural actors shape their own realities and organize their lives, reminding those whose only reality is empirical science that there is a reality beyond the senses that often guides that which is sensible and the manner in which it is perceived. Examples from Edith Turner's work and my own are presented as illustrations of this fact.