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Primitive Man as Philosopher

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A classic of anthropology, this volume takes readers directly into an array of aboriginal cultures--Winnebago, Oglala Sioux, Maori, Banda, Batak, the Buin of Melanesia, Tahitian and Hawaiian, Zuni, and Ewe--to explore their belief systems. It examines the conditioning of thought that each society practices upon its members and the freedom of individuals to deviate from the group and to effect change. The text offers intensive discussion of methodological problems, such as determining cultural standards, with a firm basis in firsthand data (much of it obtained by the author). Fascinating subjects include cultural views of the purpose of life, marital relations, freedom of thought, death, resignation, the nature of reality, the structure of the ego, human personality, the systemization of ideas, and concepts of deities, in addition to a brilliant interpretation of myth and symbolism in terms of their meaning to each culture. Unabridged republication of the Dover revised, enlarged (1956) edition. Foreword by John Dewey. Bibliography. Index.

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This classic anthropology text describes the belief systems of a variety of aboriginal cultures from around the world. Radin (affiliation not cited) quotes extensively from interviews he conducted, allowing the subjects to speak for themselves. They discuss topics such as magical rituals, right and wrong, fate, and the nature of personality. The volume is a reprint of the 1956 revised, enlarged Dover edition. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Classic of anthropology explores belief systems of Winnebago, Oglala Sioux, Maori, Banda, Batak, Tahitian and Hawaiian, Zuni, and Ewe. Fascinating topics include purpose of life, marriage, freedom of thought, death, nature of reality, and other concepts. The author allows his subjects to speak for themselves by quoting extensively from interviews.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780486424958
Author:
Radin, Paul
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Location:
Mineola, NY
Subject:
General
Subject:
Ethnology
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Ethnopsychology
Subject:
Ethnophilosophy
Subject:
History & Surveys - General
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
Philosophy-Surveys
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2nd rev. ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
no. 4
Publication Date:
20021113
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
8 x 5.38 in 1.17 pd

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Classic of anthropology explores belief systems of Winnebago, Oglala Sioux, Maori, Banda, Batak, Tahitian and Hawaiian, Zuni, and Ewe. Fascinating topics include purpose of life, marriage, freedom of thought, death, nature of reality, and other concepts. The author allows his subjects to speak for themselves by quoting extensively from interviews.
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