The Science of Culture in Enlightenment Germany / Edition 1

The Science of Culture in Enlightenment Germany / Edition 1

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by Michael C. Carhart
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674026179

ISBN-13: 9780674026179

Pub. Date: 01/15/2008

Publisher: Harvard

In the late 1770s, as a wave of revolution and republican unrest swept across Europe, scholars looked with urgency on the progress of European civilization. The question of social development was addressed from Edinburgh to St. Petersburg, with German scholars, including C. G. Heyne, Christoph Meiners, and J. G. Eichhorn, at the center of the discussion.

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In the late 1770s, as a wave of revolution and republican unrest swept across Europe, scholars looked with urgency on the progress of European civilization. The question of social development was addressed from Edinburgh to St. Petersburg, with German scholars, including C. G. Heyne, Christoph Meiners, and J. G. Eichhorn, at the center of the discussion.

Michael Carhart examines their approaches to understanding human development by investigating the invention of a new analytic category, "culture." In an effort to define human nature and culture, scholars analyzed ancient texts for insights into language and the human mind in its early stages, together with writings from modern travelers, who provided data about various primitive societies. Some scholars began to doubt the existence of any essential human nature, arguing instead for human culture. If language was the vehicle of reason, what did it mean that all languages were different? Were rationality and virtue universal or unique to a given nation?

In this scholarship lie the roots of anthropology, sociology, and classical philology. Dissecting the debates over nature versus culture in Enlightenment Europe, Carhart offers a valuable contribution to cultural and intellectual history and the history of the human sciences.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674026179
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
01/15/2008
Series:
Harvard Historical Studies Series, #159
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
374
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps and Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Words and Things

1. Orientalism and Reform

2. Culture and the Origin of Language

3. The Search for the Historical Plato

4. The Search for the Historical Homer

5. The Search for the Historical Moses

6. The Sociology of Ancient History

7. Three Anthropologies

8. A Scientific Revolution

Conclusion: Enlightenment Social Science

Notes

Index

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I found the style to be unoriginal, drab, and characterless. Did he just randomly decide to write a book one day? The execution of his ideas connecting to the information is poor. He is very knowledgeable, but does not have the aptitude for writing a book. Perhaps his essays are better? And have more life to them? The book would probably be a good one to use for a school report citation, but not for a book to read and enjoy.