What Does Prehistoric Anthropology have to do with Modern Political Philosophy? Evidence of Five False ClaimsUSBIG Discussion Paper (2010)
This paper is a very early and very preliminary report of some of the findings from the research project, "Prehistoric Myths in Modern Political Philosophy." The project will lead to at least one book, perhaps two. The basic argument of the project is that influential, modern political theories often rely on dubious claims about prehistory. It examines the political philosophy literature to show how these claims are used as essential premises in influential arguments. It then examines evidence from anthropology, archaeology, and history to show that these claims are dubious. This paper previews many of the findings from the book.
- Social Contract,
- Property Rights,
Publication DateJune, 2010
Citation InformationKarl Widerquist. "What Does Prehistoric Anthropology have to do with Modern Political Philosophy? Evidence of Five False Claims" USBIG Discussion Paper (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/widerquist/19/