Cognitive Perspectives on Israelite Identity by Dermot Anthony Nestor

By Dermot Anthony Nestor

Cognitive views on Israelite Identity breaks new flooring within the examine of ethnic id within the historical international in the course of the articulation of an explicitly cognitive viewpoint. In offering a view of ethnicity as an epistemological instead of an ontological entity, this paintings seeks to right the reported tendency in the direction of ‘analytical groupism' within the educational literature. hard what Pierre Bourdieu has known as ‘our fundamental inclination to imagine the area in a substantialist manner,' this research seeks to damage with the vernacular different types and ‘commonsense primordialisms' encoded in the Biblical texts, while even as accounting for his or her tenacious carry on our social and political mind's eye. it's the acceptance of the performative and reifying power of those different types of ethno-political perform that disqualifies their appropriation as different types of social research. >

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J. Helm; Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1966), 149–212. 81. F. Boas, “The Limitations of the Comparative Method of Anthropology,” Science 4 (1896): 901–8. 1 38 Cognitive Perspectives on Israelite Identity human culture, which implied the existence of laws of human development, modern anthropology, as advanced by Tylor and Morgan, had captured the imagination of the public in a way that the older descriptive and historical ethnology never could. Yet, in doing so, modern anthropology had gone much further.

B Tylor, Anthropology: An Introduction to the Study of Man and Civilization (London: John Murray, 1881), 20. For an alternative view, see R. Carneiro, “Classical Evolutionism,” in Main Currents in Cultural Anthropology (ed. R. Narrol and F. Narrol; New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1973), 57–122. 1 32 Cognitive Perspectives on Israelite Identity institutions of man are as distinctively strati¿ed as the earth on which he lives. ”63 These he identi¿ed by means of an historical approach, as aspects of older systems of thought which had been carried by the force of custom into stages of social development beyond that in which they originated.

R. H. Lowie, The History of Ethnological Theory (New York: Farrar, 1937), 3. 36. Though Leslie White has chosen to view Tylor as proposing a basically “technological” interpretation for the causes of social evolution, most scholars have 1 1. Classi¿cation and Categorization 23 other evolutionists went further, utilizing Lamarckian ideas about the inheritance of acquired characteristics to develop bio-social theories of race within an evolutionary framework. 40 Although he recognized that such acquired characteristics were transmitted differently in the socio-cultural as opposed to the biological realm, in both cases the efforts of “individuals” to cope with the dif¿culties of their environment pushed that “population” further up the scale of biological and/or social complexity.

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