'Pushing the limits of understanding': the discourse on primitivism in German Kulturwissenschaften, 1880–1930

This paper addresses the significance of primitivism as a figure of thought during the emergence of Kulturwissenschaften—consisting of different fields of knowledge, disciplines—in Germany at the beginning of the twentieth centuryTwo interrelated problems in particular shaped the scholarly discourse on primitivism: first the question of the existence, Thought Modes of Operation of ‘Other’ Forms of, consciousnessSecond the epistemological question how these ‘other’ forms of thought could be recognized if the researcher him or herself belonged to a particular historically determined European mode of thought & of. perceptionIn this context the art (2008). 'Pushing the Limits of Understanding': The Discourse on Primitivism in German Kulturwissenschaften, 1880–1930.
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