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The metaphysics of apes : negotiating the animal-human boundary

Author: Raymond Corbey
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Metaphysics of Apes traces the interpretation of the ambiguously human-like great apes and ape-like ancestors of present-day humans. It shows how, from the days of Linnaeus to recent research, the sacred and taboo-ridden, animal-human boundary was time and again redrawn to cope with these challenges. At stake was the unique human dignity, a basic idea and value in the West which was, and to some extent still  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Raymond Corbey
ISBN: 9780521836838 0521836832 9780521545334 0521545331
OCLC Number: 56481793
Description: x, 227 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Ambiguous apes --
1.1. Traditional views of apes --
1.2. The discovery of apes and early hominids --
1.3. Citizens and animals --
2. Crafting the Primate order --
2.1. Homo sylvestris --
2.2. The primate order --
2.3. Separate again --
2.4. Speaking apes --
3. Up from the ape --
3.1. "A grim and grotesque procession" --
3.2. The monstrous other within --
3.3. Narrative and paradox --
4. Homo's humanness --
4.1. The earliest Homo --
4.2. "Ancients" and "moderns" --
5. "Symbolic man" in ethnology --
5.1. A discipline's identity --
5.2. Biological approaches rejected --
6. Pan sapiens? --
6.1. Fierce or gentle --
6.2. Tools, mirrors, symbols --
6.3. Ape and human rights --
7. Beyond dualism --
7.1. An epistemological reminder --
7.2. Rethinking dichotomies.
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The Metaphysics of Apes, first published in 2005, traces the discovery and interpretation of the human-like great apes and the ape-like earliest ancestors of present-day humans. It shows how, from  Read more...

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