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Prehistoric Myths in Modern Political Philosophy$
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Karl Widerquist and Grant S. McCall

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780748678662

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748678662.001.0001

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Modern Political Philosophy and Prehistoric Anthropology: Some Preliminary Issues

Modern Political Philosophy and Prehistoric Anthropology: Some Preliminary Issues

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(p.9) Chapter 2 Modern Political Philosophy and Prehistoric Anthropology: Some Preliminary Issues
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Prehistoric Myths in Modern Political Philosophy
Author(s):

Karl Widerquist

Grant S. McCall

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748678662.003.0002

Because this book involves two very different academic disciplines, political philosophy and anthropology, some background about the relevant topics in each one is helpful. In this chapter, Section 1 introduces the relevant political theory. Section 2 discusses some of the anthropological methods and conceptual issues involved in the examination of the evidence relevant to these philosophical arguments. Section 3 discusses how the state and the state of nature are defined in relation to each other. Section 4 addresses some responses this book is likely to receive. Section 5 discusses the relationship between this book and modern indigenous peoples.

Keywords:   Indigenous peoples, Noble savage, State of nature, Social contract (theory), Contractarian(ism), Libertarian(ism), Statelessness (stateless people(s)), Political theory, Anthropology

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