Wiktor Stoczkowski; Translated By Mary Turton
Title Explaining Human Origins: Myth, Imagination and Conjecture
Book Condition New
Edition First Edition
Publisher New Delhi, India Cambridge University Press 2002
052165730X / 9780521657303
Seller ID 009030
Wiktor Stoczkowski, a palaeo-anthropologist, argues that the theories of human origins developed by archaeologists and physical anthropologists from the early nineteenth century to the present day are structurally similar to Western folk theories, and to the speculations of earlier philosophers. Reviewing a remarkable range of thinkers writing in a variety of European languages, he makes a convincing argument for this case. Even though the book criticises the lack of development in theories of human origins, its conclusion is optimistic about the power of the scientific approach to deliver more reliable theories - but only if the influences of popular discourse on its thinking are properly identified. Printed Pages: 244 with 7 tables.