The Gift has been very influential in anthropology , where there is a large field of study devoted to reciprocity and exchange. It has also influenced philosophers, artists, and political activists, including Georges Bataille , Jacques Derrida , Jean Baudrillard , and more recently the work of David Graeber and the British theologian John Milbank . Many today see Mauss's work as a guide to how giving can promote a better way of living. The gift-giving and exchange practices Mauss described were often self-interested, but at the same time had a concern for others; the main point of the traditional gift is that it furthers both of these human aspects at the same time.
3rd Nanzan Seminar for Religion & Culture (7-8 Jan 2018)
Nanzan Institute Research Meeting
Speaker 1: Hong Yi-Pyo
Topic: "What is the Japanese 'Mainland'?: Comparing Awareness among Japanese and Korean Christians
Speaker 2: Yokoi Momoko Topic: "Religion as the Defining Attributes of Cultural Activity: Sociological Data-Based Research"
Time: 6 October, 5:30–7:20 pm.
Place: Nanzan Institute for Religion & Culture, 2d Floor Reading Room Open Seminars Reading Endō Shūsaku Understanding the Core of Nishida’s Philosophy
Time: 5 October, 5:00–7:00 pm.
Place: Nanzan Institute for Religion & Culture, 2d Floor Meeting Room