Cognitive Perspectives on Israelite Identity by Dermot Anthony Nestor

By Dermot Anthony Nestor

Cognitive views on Israelite Identity breaks new flooring within the learn of ethnic identification within the old international throughout the articulation of an explicitly cognitive standpoint. In providing a view of ethnicity as an epistemological instead of an ontological entity, this paintings seeks to right the stated tendency in the direction of ‘analytical groupism' within the educational literature. demanding what Pierre Bourdieu has referred to as ‘our basic inclination to imagine the realm in a substantialist manner,' this examine seeks to wreck with the vernacular different types and ‘commonsense primordialisms' encoded in the Biblical texts, while whilst accounting for his or her tenacious carry on our social and political mind's eye. it's the attractiveness of the performative and reifying strength of those different types of ethno-political perform that disqualifies their appropriation as different types of social research. >

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J. Dawson, “E. B. Tylor’s Theory of Survivals and Veblen’s Social Criticism,” Journal of the History of Ideas 54, no. 3 (1993): 489–504. See also J. W. Rogerson, Anthropology and the Old Testament (Oxford: Blackwell, 1978), 22–46. 64. See M. Mandelbaum, History, Man, and Reason: A Study in Nineteenth Century Thought (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1971). 1 1. Classi¿cation and Categorization 33 Indeed, as Stocking has noted, while the concept of a plurality of “cultures” had existed since the nineteenth century, and is at least implicit in portions of Tylor’s work, when he went on to speak of “the civilization of the lower tribes as related to the civilization of the higher nations”65 it is clear that what Tylor referred to was the degree, rather than the type, or style of civilization.

W. Smellie; London, 1812), 302. 19 While in support of this view advocates of the ethnological tradition emphasized the essential Àuidity of racial categories over time, arguing that they had diverged as a result of different environmental conditions, philological studies suggested an underlying unity linking all Aryan languages, such as Teutonic and Celtic—a unity widely held to uphold the monogenetic theory that all human groups possessed a common origin. Though the forms of classi¿cation and explanation which characterized the emergent disciplines of physical anthropology and ethnology during the earlier part of the nineteenth century were structured by a tension between monogenetic and polygenetic theories of human origin, the basis of this debate was essentially dismantled during the 1860s and 1870s following the impact of Darwinian evolutionary theory, coupled with palaeontological evidence for the deep antiquity of humanity.

Buffon, Natural History, General and Particular, vol. 3 (trans. W. Smellie; London, 1812), 302. 19 While in support of this view advocates of the ethnological tradition emphasized the essential Àuidity of racial categories over time, arguing that they had diverged as a result of different environmental conditions, philological studies suggested an underlying unity linking all Aryan languages, such as Teutonic and Celtic—a unity widely held to uphold the monogenetic theory that all human groups possessed a common origin.

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