The Psychic Unity of Mankind: The Origins of Anthropology, the Anti-Slavery Movement, Cultural Relativism and Man's 'Unique' Nature

217 Pages Posted: 8 Jun 2011 Last revised: 21 Oct 2015

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Niccolo Leo Caldararo

San Francisco State University - Department of Anthropology

Date Written: June 6, 2011

Abstract

The origins of Anthropology are varied and, in much of the literature of the behavioral sciences, these origins are confused with colonialism. The evolution of the societies of man in Europe in the centuries after European contact with the Americas and the development of the anti-slavery movement can be seen as the foundations on which anthropology as a science and a scholarly discipline arose. The aims and interests of Anthropology as an applied science can best be under in this context.

Keywords: anthropology, psychic unity of mankind, cultural relativism

JEL Classification: B30, I20, O20, Z00

Suggested Citation

Caldararo, Niccolo Leo, The Psychic Unity of Mankind: The Origins of Anthropology, the Anti-Slavery Movement, Cultural Relativism and Man's 'Unique' Nature (June 6, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1858882 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1858882

Niccolo Leo Caldararo (Contact Author)

San Francisco State University - Department of Anthropology ( email )

1600 Holloway Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94132
United States
415-453-9064 (Phone)

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