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Muse of History and the Science of Culture

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ISBN-10: 0306462737

ISBN-13: 9780306462733

Edition: 2002

Authors: Robert L. Carneiro

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Is history more than (in Boswell's words) a `chronological series of remarkable events'? Does it have a pattern? Is it fraught with `meaning'? Can we discern its trends? What determines its course? In short, can a substantial and coherent philosophy of history be devised that offers answers to these questions? These issues, which have intrigued -and bedeviled - historians for centuries, are explored in this thoughtful book.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Springer
Publication date: 4/30/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 307
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

The Philosophy of History: A Bone of Contention
First Attempts at a Philosophy of History
The Philosophy of History Rejected
The Philosophy of History Reembraced
The Changing Faces of History
The Practice of History
History as the Recounting of Objective Facts
History as Literature
Universal History
The Concept of Cultural History
The New History
The Thorny Thickets of History
Free Will versus Determinism
Moral Judgments in History
Contingency in History
An Anthropologist Looks at Contingency
Historical Relativism
What Drives the Engine of History? Race and the Deity
Racial Determinants of History
God in History
The Great Man and Ideas as Prime Movers
Anthropology and the Great Man Theory
The Great Men Speak for Tehsmelves
Ideas as Prime Movers
How to Turn History into Science
The Anthropological Perspective
From History to Social Science
The Comparative Method
History and Evolution
The Culture Process and Its Determinants
The Culture Process Exemplified
The Rise of Chiefdoms and States
The Theory Put to Use
Economic Factors as Historical Determinants
Charles Beard's Economic Interpretation
Are There Laws of History?
Historical Laws Opposed
Laws of History Championed
Historical Laws Denied
Laws of History Proposed
People and Culture Distinguished
Proposed Laws of Culture
The Law of Evolutionary Potential
Statistical Laws of Culture
Complexity as a Function of Size
Predicting the Onset of Chiefdoms
A Law of Cultural Development
Cast of Characters: Selected List of Historians and Other Scholars and Writers Cited in the Text