Journal of Religious Psychology, Including Its Anthropological and Sociological Aspects Volume 6

Journal of Religious Psychology, Including Its Anthropological and Sociological Aspects Volume 6

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1913 edition. Excerpt: ...Problems in physical anthropology, or comparative human anatomy, are in themselves independent of culture; but if the results are considered separately from the facts and problems of culture they have little meaning. What meaning can there be to the fact that extraordinarily wide faces are found in the extreme. northern part of North America, if we ignore the existence of the Eskimo, and what will that term be to anyone without some facts of culture? In other words, though it is clear enough that physical anthropology might in a fashion be carried on oblivious of culture, it is equally clear that the results of such somatic study are useful chiefly in the solution of cultural problems. Thus it appears that the unifying principle in all the various groups of problems--archeology, physical anthropology, etc.--is the cultural problem. Without that interest we should have a number of unrelated anatomical, geographical, and psychological problems. Furthermore, the cultural conception in anthropology is something more than the mere recognition of a province. The various divisions of anthropology may conceivably change their boundaries and their problems without breaking their connection with the cultural conception, for that conception is in reality a theory of psychological development. It conceives that at the outset and now all men, being either one species, or of very closely allied species, they all have the same kind of mental equipment, but that since cultures are constructs, complexes of ideas, habits, and emotions, they may take any form the condition of the time makes possible. In other words, there is no mould, no fixed scheme, into which cultures must be built, the only limitations being in the constitution of the universal human. Thus, more

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  • Paperback | 200 pages
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
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  • 123666938X
  • 9781236669384