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This book gives a new interpretation of the reception of the new world by the old. It is the first in-depth study of the pre-Enlightenment methods by which Europeans attempted to describe and classify the American Indian and his society. Between 1512 and 1724 a simple determinist view of human society was replaced by a more sophisticated relativist approach. Anthony Pagden This book gives a new interpretation of the reception of the new world by the old. It is the first in-depth study of the pre-Enlightenment methods by which Europeans attempted to describe and classify the American Indian and his society. Between 1512 and 1724 a simple determinist view of human society was replaced by a more sophisticated relativist approach. Anthony Pagden uses new methods of technical analysis, already developed in philosophy and anthropology, to examine four groups of writers who analysed Indian culture: the sixteenth-century theologian, Francisco de Vitoria, and his followers; the ‘champion of the Indians’ Bartolomé de Las Casas; and the Jesuit historians José de Acosta and Joseph François Lafitau. Dr Pagden explains the sources for their theories and how these conditioned their observations. He also examines for the first time the key terms in each writer’s vocabulary - words such as ‘barbarian’ and ‘civil’ - and the assumptions that lay beneath them.


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This book gives a new interpretation of the reception of the new world by the old. It is the first in-depth study of the pre-Enlightenment methods by which Europeans attempted to describe and classify the American Indian and his society. Between 1512 and 1724 a simple determinist view of human society was replaced by a more sophisticated relativist approach. Anthony Pagden This book gives a new interpretation of the reception of the new world by the old. It is the first in-depth study of the pre-Enlightenment methods by which Europeans attempted to describe and classify the American Indian and his society. Between 1512 and 1724 a simple determinist view of human society was replaced by a more sophisticated relativist approach. Anthony Pagden uses new methods of technical analysis, already developed in philosophy and anthropology, to examine four groups of writers who analysed Indian culture: the sixteenth-century theologian, Francisco de Vitoria, and his followers; the ‘champion of the Indians’ Bartolomé de Las Casas; and the Jesuit historians José de Acosta and Joseph François Lafitau. Dr Pagden explains the sources for their theories and how these conditioned their observations. He also examines for the first time the key terms in each writer’s vocabulary - words such as ‘barbarian’ and ‘civil’ - and the assumptions that lay beneath them.

30 review for La Caida Del Hombre Natural / The Fall Of Natural Man: El Indio Americano Y Los Origenes De La Etnologia Comparativa / The American Indian And The ... Ethnology (Alianza America) (Spanish Edition)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alison Zoccola

    Again, yet another book I read for a class, but this one was interesting, as well. It basically discusses how the Europeans--specifically the Spanish--responded intellectually to the "discovery" of the Americas and their encounters with native peoples. The nuance with which various Spanish intellectuals of the 1500s thought about the native Amerindians is rather startling, especially considering their subsequent colonization of those peoples. This book is somewhat dry and academic in tone and ar Again, yet another book I read for a class, but this one was interesting, as well. It basically discusses how the Europeans--specifically the Spanish--responded intellectually to the "discovery" of the Americas and their encounters with native peoples. The nuance with which various Spanish intellectuals of the 1500s thought about the native Amerindians is rather startling, especially considering their subsequent colonization of those peoples. This book is somewhat dry and academic in tone and arcane in its subject, but if you are interested in and/or want a better understanding of the Spanish conquest of the New World, I highly recommend this book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dylan Groves

    confronted with amerindians, spanish scholars in the 1500's reject the idea of "natural man", a barbarian separate from civilization, and opt instead for "childlike man" who was capable of civility but had been culturally conditioned toward barbarism.

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