Studying Human Origins: Disciplinary History and Epistemology

Amsterdam University Press (2001)
Abstract
This history of human origin studies covers a wide range of disciplines. This important new study analyses a number of key episodes from palaeolithic archaeology, palaeoanthropology, primatology and evolutionary theory in terms of various ideas on how one should go about such reconstructions and what, if any, the uses of such historiographical exercises can be for current research in these disciplines. Their carefully argued point is that studying the history of palaeoanthropological thinking about the past can enhance the quality of current research on human origins. The main issues in the present volume are the uses of disciplinary history in terms of present-day research concerns, the relative weight of cultural and other 'external' contexts, and continuity and change in theoretical perspectives. The book's overall approach is an epistemological one. It does not, in other words, primarily address anthropological data as such, but our ways of handling such data in terms of our most fundamental, but usually quite implicit theoretical presuppositions.
Keywords Anthropology, Prehistoric History  Anthropology, Prehistoric Research  Anthropology, Prehistoric Philosophy  Human beings Research  Human evolution History  Prehistoric peoples History
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Call number GN720.S93 2001
ISBN(s) 9053564640   9789053564646
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