The social life of numbers : a Quechua ontology of numbers and philosophy of arithmetic (Book, 1997) [WorldCat.org]
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The social life of numbers : a Quechua ontology of numbers and philosophy of arithmetic

Author: Gary Urton; Primitivo Nina Llanos
Publisher: Austin : University of Texas Press, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Argues that the origin and meaning of numbers were and are conceived of by Quechua-speaking peoples in ways similar to their ideas about, and formulations of, gender, age, and social relations. This  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gary Urton; Primitivo Nina Llanos
ISBN: 0292785348 9780292785342
OCLC Number: 807276955
Description: XV, 267 p. : il
Contents: * List of Figures and Tables * Acknowledgments *1. Anthropology and the Philosophy of Arithmetic *2. The Cardinal Numbers and Their Social Relations *3. Ordinal Numerals: The Reproduction and Succession of Numbers *4. Yupay: Counting, Recounting, and the Fabric of Numbers *5. Quechua Arithmetic as an Art of Rectification *6. Numbers and Arithmetic in Pre-Hispanic and Colonial Andean Societies *7. Conclusions * Appendix: Quechua Number Symbols and Metaphors Notes * Bibliography Index
Responsibility: Gary Urton with the collaboration of Primitivo Nina Llanos.

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