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Being Human: Ethics, Environment, and Our Place in the World

Anna Peterson

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520226548
eISBN:
9780520926059
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520226548.001.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Theory and Practice

This book examines the complex connections among conceptions of human nature, attitudes toward non-human nature, and ethics. The book proposes an “ethical anthropology” that examines how ideas of ... More


Demands of the Day: On the Logic of Anthropological Inquiry

Paul Rabinow and Anthony Stavrianakis

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226036885
eISBN:
9780226037073
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226037073.001.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Theory and Practice

This book asks about the logical standards and forms that should guide ethical and experimental anthropology in the twenty-first century. The authors do so by taking up Max Weber’s notion of the ... More


Inventing Human Science: Eighteenth-Century Domains

Christopher Fox, Roy Porter, and Robert Wokler (eds)

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520200104
eISBN:
9780520916227
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520200104.001.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Theory and Practice

The human sciences—including psychology, anthropology, and social theory—are widely held to have been born during the eighteenth century. This study of the Enlightenment sciences of humans explores ... More


Not of the World: Human Exceptionalism in Western Tradition

Anna L. Peterson

in Being Human: Ethics, Environment, and Our Place in the World

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520226548
eISBN:
9780520926059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520226548.003.0004
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Theory and Practice

This chapter examines the principle of human exceptionalism and the established Christian and modernist narratives of human uniqueness. It explains that these worldviews usually posit a definitive ... More


Tales of the Ex-Apes: How We Think about Human Evolution

Jonathan Marks

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780520285811
eISBN:
9780520961197
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520285811.001.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Theory and Practice

This book is about the irreducibility of human evolution to purely biological properties and processes, for human evolution has incorporated the emergence of social relations and cultural histories ... More


The Experiential Basis of Subjectivity: How Individuals Change in the Context of Societal Transformation

Arthur Kleinman and Erin Fitz-Henry

in Subjectivity: Ethnographic Investigations

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520247925
eISBN:
9780520939639
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520247925.003.0003
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Theory and Practice

This chapter centers on Western ethical discourse, which assumes the existence of a unified human nature that is neurologically connected and historically unchanging. It introduces the term human ... More


The Language of Human Nature

Roger Smith

in Inventing Human Science: Eighteenth-Century Domains

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520200104
eISBN:
9780520916227
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520200104.003.0004
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Theory and Practice

This chapter starts by rejecting a “pillarized” approach to the human sciences in the eighteenth century, an approach that excavates foundations for each of the modern psychological or social ... More


Sex and Gender

Ludmilla Jordanova

in Inventing Human Science: Eighteenth-Century Domains

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520200104
eISBN:
9780520916227
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520200104.003.0006
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Theory and Practice

This chapter makes clear the range of discussion and the difficulties facing any attempt to generalize about eighteenth-century opinions. Silently gendered language did not exclude fascination with ... More


Political Economy: The Desire and Needs of Present and Future Generations

Sylvana Tomaselli

in Inventing Human Science: Eighteenth-Century Domains

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520200104
eISBN:
9780520916227
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520200104.003.0010
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Theory and Practice

We are rich in knowledge of the history of political economy. However, this chapter asks: Have we the history of an invention? Have we the history of two inventions, of two epistemic watersheds? The ... More


The Social Construction of Nature and Human Nature

Anna L. Peterson

in Being Human: Ethics, Environment, and Our Place in the World

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520226548
eISBN:
9780520926059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520226548.003.0005
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Theory and Practice

This chapter focuses on social theories concerning the social construction of nature and human nature. It highlights the ways that very different visions of nature can also help generate dangerous ... More


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