Fall of Natural Man The American Indian and the Origins of Comparative Ethnology
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Description: 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.
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Copyright year: 1982
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/9/1987
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Anthony Pagden is Harry C. Black Professor of History at the Johns Hopkins University.
|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|