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The myth of culture : why we need a genuine natural science of societies

Author: Nigel Barber
Publisher: Newcastle : Cambridge Scholars Pub., 2008.
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Before oxygen's discovery, scientists invoked a mysterious inner principle of fire to account for burning. Today, scholars appeal to an analogously unscientific inner principle, known as culture, to  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Nigel Barber
ISBN: 9781847186195 184718619X
OCLC Number: 238899546
Description: xi, 310 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Teapots in heaven, phlogiston on earth --
The emptiness of moral explanations --
Replacing moralism with science --
Stitching up the fabric of evolutionary time --
If culture is a myth, why is religion so dangerous? --
Enemies of evolutionary social science --
Evolutionary science is empirical and practical, not "speculative" and "just so" --
Wounds that time can't heal --
Looking beyond the individual --
What evolutionary theory can and cannot do --
Appendix : Subjective science? Sociology lurches into philosophy.
Responsibility: by Nigel Barber.
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