The Fall of Natural Man: The American Indian and the Origins of Comparative Ethnology / Edition 1

The Fall of Natural Man: The American Indian and the Origins of Comparative Ethnology / Edition 1

by Anthony Pagden
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521337046

ISBN-13: 9780521337045

Pub. Date: 04/28/1987

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book gives a new interpretation of the reception of the new world by the old. It is the first in-depth study of the pre-Enlightenment methods by which Europeans attempted to describe and classify the American Indian and his society. Between 1512 and 1724 a simple determinist view of human society was replaced by a more sophisticated relativist approach.

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This book gives a new interpretation of the reception of the new world by the old. It is the first in-depth study of the pre-Enlightenment methods by which Europeans attempted to describe and classify the American Indian and his society. Between 1512 and 1724 a simple determinist view of human society was replaced by a more sophisticated relativist approach. Anthony Pagden uses new methods of technical analysis, already developed in philosophy and anthropology, to examine four groups of writers who analysed Indian culture: the sixteenth-century theologian, Francisco de Vitoria, and his followers; the 'champion of the Indians' Bartolomé de Las Casas; and the Jesuit historians José de Acosta and Joseph François Lafitau. Dr Pagden explains the sources for their theories and how these conditioned their observations. He also examines for the first time the key terms in each writer's vocabulary - words such as 'barbarian' and 'civil' - and the assumptions that lay beneath them.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521337045
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/28/1987
Series:
Cambridge Iberian and Latin American Studies Series
Edition description:
1st Paperback Edition
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; Abbreviations; Introduction; 1. The problem of recognition; 2. The image of the barbarian; 3. The theory of natural slavery; 4. From nature's slaves to nature's children; 5. The rhetorician and the theologians: Juan Ginés de Sepúlveda and his dialogue, Democrates secundus; 6. A programme for comparative ethnology (I); 7. A programme for comparative ethnology (II); 8. Joseph François Lafitau: comparative ethnology and the language of symbols; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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