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Prehistoric myths in modern political philosophy

Author: Karl Widerquist; Grant S McCall
Publisher: Edinburgh Edinburgh University Press Berlin Knowledge Unlatched ©2017 ©2017
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Preface -- Acknowledgements -- 1 Introduction -- 2 Modern political philosophy and prehistoric anthropology: Some preliminary issues -- 3 The Hobbesian hypothesis: How a colonial prejudice became an essential premise in most popular justification of government sovereignty -- 4 Locke employs the Hobbesian hypothesis: How very much the same colonial prejudice became an essential premise in the most popular
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Prehistoric Myths in Modern Political Philosophy
, Edinburgh
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Karl Widerquist; Grant S McCall
ISBN: 9780748678679 0748678670 9780748678693 0748678697 0748678662 9780748678662
OCLC Number: 1003644588
Language Note: eng
Description: 1 Online-Ressource (xiv, 289 pages)
Responsibility: Karl Widerquist and Grant S. McCall
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Preface -- Acknowledgements -- 1 Introduction -- 2 Modern political philosophy and prehistoric anthropology: Some preliminary issues -- 3 The Hobbesian hypothesis: How a colonial prejudice became an essential premise in most popular justification of government sovereignty -- 4 Locke employs the Hobbesian hypothesis: How very much the same colonial prejudice became an essential premise in the most popular justification of private property rights -- 5 The Hobbesian hypothesis in seventeenth century political theory -- 6 The Hobbesian hypothesis in nineteenth century political theory -- 7 The Hobbesian Hypothesis in Contemporary Political Theory -- 8 The Violence Hypothesis in Anthropology -- 9 Nasty & Brutish? Evidence for and against the violence hypothesis -- 10 Are you better off now that you were 12,000 years ago? An empirical assessment of the Hobbesian Hypothesis -- 11 Implications: What's left of contractarianism and propertarianism without the Hobbesian hypothesis? -- Index

This book looks at how modern philosophers pass on myths about prehistory. Why do political philosophers talk so much about the Stone Age? The state of nature, the origin of property, the origin of government, and the primordial nature of inequality and war are popular topics in political philosophy, but are they being used as more than just illustrative examples? Does the best available evidence from archaeology and anthropology support or conflict with the stories being passed on by political philosophers? This book presents a philosophical look at the origin of civilization, examining political theories to show how claims about prehistory are used and presents evidence that much of what we think we know about human origins comes not from scientific investigation but from the imagination of philosophers

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