Primitive Man as Philosopher

Primitive Man as Philosopher

by Paul Radin, John Dewey
     
 

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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… See more details below

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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

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“By skillful use of texts from native informants and his own colorful prose, I believe [Radin] succeeds well enough so that the book is a landmark...[Radin] is a fertile and imaginative scholar who can be infuriating but never dull...full of rich ideas.” —Evon Z. Vogt, American Anthropologist
 
“Radin’s approach to anthropology [was widespread], ranging from culture, ritual, myth and religion, to history, social theory, law and language.” —E.O. James, Folklore
 
“By linking modes of thought and conduct with social types, Radin developed some leads towards a social anthropology of knowledge.” —Edward Rose, American Sociological Review
 
“A minor masterpiece of the Americanist tradition.” —Regna Darnell
 
“[Primitive Man as Philosopher] did more than any other [book] to dispel the mischievous notion that human beings in small, technologically simple cultures exist at a dead level of uniformity and conformity.” —New York Herald Tribune
 
“Excellent.” —Nature (London)
 
“A significant addition to the body of work that deals with the nature of religion.” —The New Republic

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780486424958
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Publication date:
11/13/2002
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
512
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

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