Fall of Natural Man The American Indian and the Origins of Comparative Ethnology

ISBN-10: 0521337046
ISBN-13: 9780521337045
Edition: 1982
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Book details

List price: $54.00
Copyright year: 1982
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/9/1987
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 284
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

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' Bartolom de Las Casas; and the Jesuit historians Jos de Acosta and Joseph Franois 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.

Anthony Pagden is Harry C. Black Professor of History at the Johns Hopkins University.

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction
The problem of recognition
The image of the barbarian
The theory of natural slavery
From nature's slaves to nature's children
The rhetorician and the theologians: Juan Gines de Sepulveda and his dialogue, Democrates secundus
A programme for comparative ethnology: (1) Bartolome de Las Casas
A programme for comparative ethnology: (2) Jose de Acosta
Joseph Francois Lafitau: comparative ethnology and the language of symbols
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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