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Author Carneiro, Robert L. (Robert Leonard), 1927-

Title The muse of history and the science of culture / Robert L. Carneiro.

Published New York : Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, [2000]
©2000

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Physical description xi, 307 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-288) and index.
Contents 1. Philosophy of History: A Bone of Contention 1 -- First Attempts at a Philosophy of History 3 -- Philosophy of History Rejected 5 -- Philosophy of History Reembraced 9 -- 2. Changing Faces of History 13 -- Practice of History 15 -- History as the Recounting of Objective Facts 16 -- History as Literature 18 -- Universal History 30 -- Concept of Cultural History 35 -- New History 43 -- 3. Thorny Thickets of History 47 -- Free Will versus Determinism 47 -- Moral Judgments in History 57 -- Contingency in History 66 -- An Anthropologist Looks at Contingency 72 -- Historical Relativism 74 -- 4. What Drives the Engine of History? Race and the Deity 83 -- Racial Determinants of History 86 -- God in History 93 -- 5. Great Man and Ideas as Prime Movers 109 -- Anthropology and the Great Man Theory 113 -- Great Men Speak for Tehsmelves 121 -- Ideas as Prime Movers 130 -- 6. How to Turn History into Science 145 -- Anthropological Perspective 156 -- From History to Social Science 158 -- Comparative Method 162 -- History and Evolution 165 -- 7. Culture Process and Its Determinants 177 -- Culture Process Exemplified 179 -- Rise of Chiefdoms and States 182 -- Theory Put to Use 186 -- Economic Factors as Historical Determinants 190 -- Charles Beard's Economic Interpretation 194 -- 8. Are There Laws of History? 199 -- Historical Laws Opposed 207 -- Laws of History Championed 208 -- Historical Laws Denied 209 -- Laws of History Proposed 210 -- People and Culture Distinguished 220 -- 9. Proposed Laws of Culture 233 -- Law of Evolutionary Potential 235 -- Statistical Laws of Culture 237 -- Complexity as a Function of Size 241 -- Predicting the Onset of Chiefdoms 243 -- A Law of Cultural Development 248 -- Cast of Characters: Selected List of Historians and Other Scholars and Writers Cited in the Text 257.
Summary 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.
Subject History -- Philosophy.
Ethnology.
Anthropology.
Archaeology.
Historiography.
ISBN 0306462729
0306462737 (paperback)