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War & the Noble Savage

A Critical Inquiry into Recent Accounts of Violence Amongst Uncivilized Peoples

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This edition was published in by Dreamflesh in London.

88 pages

Over the past decade or so, works such as Stephen Pinker’s The Blank Slate and Lawrence H. Keeley’s War Before Civilization have attacked the idea that indigenous and prehistoric societies were more peaceable than modern states. This brief study surveys this recent literature, digging beneath polarized surfaces using less publicized anthropological scholarship. The debate’s age-old frame, emerging from an opposition between Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s “Noble Savage” and Thomas Hobbes’ vision of primitive life as “nasty, brutish and short,” is analyzed afresh, and related fields, such as studies of chimpanzee violence, are reviewed. Also included is a look at the closely entwined recent controversy over whether tribal cultures have an ecological record as spotless as that often attributed to them.

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War & the Noble Savage: A Critical Inquiry into Recent Accounts of Violence Amongst Uncivilized Peoples
October 2009, Dreamflesh
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War & the Noble Savage

A Critical Inquiry into Recent Accounts of Violence Amongst Uncivilized Peoples

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Over the past decade or so, works such as Stephen Pinker’s The Blank Slate and Lawrence H. Keeley’s War Before Civilization have attacked the idea that indigenous and prehistoric societies were more peaceable than modern states. This brief study surveys this recent literature, digging beneath polarized surfaces using less publicized anthropological scholarship. The debate’s age-old frame, emerging from an opposition between Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s “Noble Savage” and Thomas Hobbes’ vision of primitive life as “nasty, brutish and short,” is analyzed afresh, and related fields, such as studies of chimpanzee violence, are reviewed. Also included is a look at the closely entwined recent controversy over whether tribal cultures have an ecological record as spotless as that often attributed to them.

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War & the Noble Savage

A Critical Inquiry into Recent Accounts of Violence Amongst Uncivilized Peoples

eBook edition

This edition was published in by Dreamflesh in London.


Table of Contents

Introduction
The Origins of the Noble Savage
Solitary, Poor, Nasty, Brutish & Short
The Violent Past & the Political Present
The Tribal Zone
The Remains of the Past
Ape Cousins & Hard-Wired Violence
Complexity & Conflict
The Ecologically Noble Savage
Conclusions
Appendix I: Society Against the State
Appendix II: The Stoned Ape Hypothesis

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eBook
Number of pages
88

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OL24350366M
ISBN 10
095541962X
ISBN 13
9780955419621

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