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Prehistoric Myths in Modern Political Philosophy - Book Launch (Just World Institute)

Prehistoric Myths in Modern Political Philosophy - Book Launch (Just World Institute)
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26th Jan 2017 16:00 - 26th Jan 2017 18:00
S1 in 7 George Square

Anthropology, Philosophy and the State of Nature: Book Launch of Prehistoric Myths in Modern Political Philosophy

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The state of nature, the origin of property, the origin of government, the primordial nature of inequality and war – why do political philosophers talk so much about the Stone Age? And are they talking about a Stone Age that really happened, or is it just a convenient thought experiment to illustrate their points?

Karl Widerquist and Grant S. McCall take a philosophical look at the origin of civilisation, examining political theories to show how claims about prehistory are used. Drawing on the best available evidence from archaeology and anthropology, they show that much of what we think we know about human origins comes from philosophers’ imagination, not scientific investigation.

Join us to discuss this fascinating book and celebrate its publication with author Prof Karl Widerquist. Prof Widerquist will offer an overview of the book, followed by comments from Dr Leila Sinclair Bright (Anthropology, Edinburgh) and Dr Simon Hope (Philosophy, Stirling). The event will be followed by a wine reception sponsored by Edinburgh University Press. The event forms part of the Foundations of Normativity Project supported by the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities.