The Fall of Natural Man
The American Indian and the Origins of Comparative Ethnology
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Fall of Natural Man by Mr. Anthony Pagden
Book DescriptionThis 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' Bartolome de Las Casas; and the Jesuit historians Jose de Acosta and Joseph Francois 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521337045
(228mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 9-Apr-1987
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Mr. Anthony Pagden
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This book examines how modern Western history has been shaped by the rise and fall of the great European empires.
Enlightenment, Paperback (February 2015)
The story of how, and why, the ideal of a universal, global, and cosmopolitan society became such a central part of the Western imagination in the ferment of the Enlightenment - and how these ideas have done battle with an inward-looking, tradition-oriented view of the world ever since.
Idea of Europe, Paperback (April 2002)
Discusses how a distinctive 'European' identity has grown over the centuries, especially with the EU.
Letters from Mexico, Paperback (October 2001)» View all books by Mr. Anthony Pagden
Written over a seven-year period to Charles V of Spain, Hernan Cortes's letters provide a narrative account of the conquest of Mexico from the founding of the coastal town of Veracruz until Cortes's journey to Honduras in 1525. The two introductions set the letters in context.
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