The Principles of Social Evolution
Clarendon Press, 1986 - 412 Seiten
Dispelling the general assumption that social institutions survive because of their sophisticated adaptive advantages, this groundbreaking work asserts that the most common customs and institutions may endure because of their very simplicity or as a result of simple human proclivity. Using religious, military, and kinship institutions to illustrate this argument, the author shows that a precise combination of these factors may lead to the emergence of new forms of social evolution.
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Archaeology , from the very nature of the subject , has not neglected evolution to
the same extent as did social anthropology and in recent years , since Childe (
1951 ) , the issue has been the centre of considerable debate , e.g. Renfrew ( ed .
Aristotle , Lucretius , Ibn - Khaldun , Vico , Hume , Hegel , Comte , and Marx all
developed theories of social evolution independently of any contribution from
biology , many of whose evolutionary concepts have in fact been derived from
All these assumptions , in one form or another , underlie the various selectionist
and adaptationist theories of social evolution which have been the major
intellectual casualties of our enquiry . While I have not denied , of course , that
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I'm glad this was the first book I read on social evolution. The author does a great job of explaining why the darwinian theory of variation and selection can not be applied directly to social ... Vollständige Rezension lesen
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