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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

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

Karl Widerquist

Grant S. McCall

Edinburgh University Press

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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