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The Philosophical Roots Of Anthropology

Author : William Yewdale Adams
ISBN : 1575861283
Genre : Philosophy
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Anthropologists claim to have made mankind aware of its own prehistory and its importance to human self-understanding. Yet, anthropologists seem hardly to have discovered their own discipline's prehistory or to have realized its importance. William Y. Adams attempts to rectify this myopic self-awareness by applying anthropology's own tools on itself and uncovering the discipline's debt to earlier thinkers. Like most anthropologists, Adams had previously accepted the premise that anthropology's intellectual roots go back no further than the moral philosophy of the Enlightenment, or perhaps at the earliest to the humanism of the Renaissance. In this volume, Adams recognizes that many good ideas were anticipated in antiquity and that these ideas have had a lasting influence on anthropological models in particular. He has chosen five philosophical currents whose influence has been, and is, very widespread, particularly in North American anthropology: progressivism, primitivism, natural law, German idealism, and "Indianology". He argues that the influences of these currents in North American anthropology occur in a unique combination that is not found in the anthropologies of other countries. Without neglecting the anthropologies of other countries, this work serves as the basis for the explanation of the true historical and philosophical underpinnings of anthropology and its goals.
Category: Philosophy

Histories Of Anthropology Annual

Author : Regna Darnell
ISBN : 9780803266575
Genre : Reference
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Histories of Anthropology Annual promotes diverse perspectives on the discipline's history within a global context. Critical, comparative, analytical, and narrative studies involving all aspects and subfields of anthropology will be included, along with reviews and shorter pieces.This inaugural volume offers insightful looks at the careers, lives, and influence of anthropologists and others, including Herbert Spencer, Frederick Starr, Mark Hanna Watkins, Leslie White, and Jacob Ezra Thomas. Topics in this volume include anti-imperialism; racism in Guatemala; the study of peasants; the Carnegie Institution, Mayan archaeology and espionage; Cold War anthropology; African studies; literary influences; church and religion; and tribal museums.Regna Darnell is a professor of anthropology at the University of Western Ontario. She is the author of Invisible Genealogies: A History of Americanist Anthropology (Nebraska 2001) and Edward Sapir: Linguist, Anthropologist, Humanist . Frederic W. Gleach is a senior lecturer and curator of anthropology at Cornell University and the author of Powhatan's World and Colonial Virginia: A Conflict of Cultures (Nebraska 1997). Together they co-edited Celebrating a Century of the American Anthropological Association: Presidential Portraits (Nebraska 2002).
Category: Reference

Applied Anthropology

Author : Satish Kedia
ISBN : 0275978427
Genre : Social Science
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Two pioneers in the field of applied anthropology have compiled a groundbreaking, comprehensive anthology with numerous contributions from key figures of the anthropological world.
Category: Social Science

Our Common Denominator

Author : Christoph Antweiler
ISBN : 9781785330940
Genre : Social Science
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Since the politicization of anthropology in the 1970s, most anthropologists have been reluctant to approach the topic of universals—that is, phenomena that occur regularly in all known human societies. In this volume, Christoph Antweiler reasserts the importance of these cross-cultural commonalities for anthropological research and for life and co-existence beyond the academy. The question presented here is how anthropology can help us approach humanity in its entirety, understanding the world less as a globe, with an emphasis on differences, but as a planet, from a vantage point open to commonalities.
Category: Social Science

Histories Of Anthropology Annual

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ISBN : 080326657X
Genre : Anthropology
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Histories of Anthropology Annual promotes diverse perspectives on the discipline's history within a global context. Critical, comparative, analytical, and narrative studies involving all aspects and subfields of anthropology will be included, along with reviews and shorter pieces. This inaugural volume offers insightful looks at the careers, lives, and influence of anthropologists and others, including Herbert Spencer, Frederick Starr, Mark Hanna Watkins, Leslie White, and Jacob Ezra Thomas. Topics in this volume include anti-imperialism, racism in Guatemala, the study of peasants, the Carnegie Institution, Mayan archaeology and espionage, Cold War anthropology, African studies, and tribal museums.
Category: Anthropology

Inclusive Humanism

Author : Christoph Antweiler
ISBN : 9783847000228
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Die Vielfalt miteinander vernetzter Kulturen auf unserem begrenzten Planeten erfordert gemeinsame Orientierungen. Die Humanwissenschaften müssen fundamentale Fragen angehen: Wie sieht ein Humanismus aus, der eigene Sichten und Erfahrungen Europas und Amerikas nicht vorschnell universalisiert? Wie können wir Globalität als Ganzes denken, ohne Einheit und Differenz gegeneinander auszuspielen? Braucht eine Weltgemeinschaft gemeinsame Werte, oder reichen Regeln für einen humanen Umgang? Wie kann der allgegenwärtige Ethnozentrismus zivilisiert werden? Wie lässt sich verhindern, dass »Kultur« in Identitätskämpfen als Waffe missbraucht wird? Ein realistischer Kosmopolitismus muss die Menschheit als Einheit verstehen, ohne Kulturen in globale Schablonen zu pressen. Hierfür können wir sowohl auf geteilte Charakteristika aller Menschen als auch auf Gemeinsamkeiten aller Kulturen bauen. Dieses Buch bietet ein anthropologisch informiertes Fundament zu heute drängenden Problemen interkulturellen Umgangs.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

The Last Hunter Gatherers In The Near East

Author : Christophe Delage
ISBN : UOM:39015061764133
Genre : Social Science
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Fifteen papers, eight from a session at the SAA meeting in Denver in 2002 on Natufian cultures and the others invited papers, examine various issues associated with the cultures of the late Pleistocene in the Near East. Adopting a largely theoretical approach, the volume focuses on `settlement patterns, mobility, patterns of natural resources exploitation, the place of the Natufian in the process toward food production, the complexity of its social organization between nomadic Epipalaeolithic bands of hunter-gatherers and sedentary farming Neolithic societies'. Mostly focusing on evidence from Jordan and the Levant, specific subjects include radiocarbon dating, scientific techniques to detect sedentism, the cultural geography of the Levant, Natufian dwelling structures, the domestication of the dog, plant food, Natufian skeletal remains, the model of Mesoamerican lime burning technology, Natufian socio-political organisation.
Category: Social Science

Essays On Kant S Anthropology

Author : Brian Jacobs
ISBN : 1139441450
Genre : Philosophy
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Kant's lectures on anthropology capture him at the height of his intellectual power. They are immensely important for advancing our understanding of Kant's conception of anthropology, its development, and the notoriously difficult relationship between it and the critical philosophy. This 2003 collection of essays by some of the leading commentators on Kant offers a systematic account of the philosophical importance of this material that should nevertheless prove of interest to historians of ideas and political theorists. There are two broad approaches adopted: a number of the essays consider the systematic relations of the anthropology to critical philosophy, especially speculative knowledge and ethics. Other essays focus on the anthropology as a major source for the clarification of both the content and development of Kant's work. The volume also serves as an interpretative complement to the translation of the lectures in the Cambridge Edition of the Works of Immanuel Kant.
Category: Philosophy