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An Intellectual History of Cannibalism: Avramescu, Catalin/ Blyth, Alistair Ian (TRN): BOOKS KINOKUNIYA
An Intellectual History of Cannibalism
An Intellectual History of Cannibalism
出版社 : Princeton Univ Pr
出版年月 : 2011/08
Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9780691152196

BookWeb価格 : THB 1,108.00
会員価格 : THB 997.00

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言語 : English
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The cannibal has played a surprisingly important role in the history of thought - perhaps the ultimate symbol of savagery and degradation - haunting the Western imagination since before the Age of Discovery, when Europeans first encountered genuine cannibals and related horrible stories of shipwrecked travelers eating each other. "An Intellectual History of Cannibalism" is the first book to systematically examine the role of the cannibal in the arguments of philosophers, from the classical period to modern disputes about such wide-ranging issues as vegetarianism and the right to private property. Catalin Avramescu shows how the cannibal is, before anything else, a theoretical creature, one whose fate sheds light on the decline of theories of natural law, the emergence of modernity, and contemporary notions about good and evil.This provocative history of ideas traces the cannibal's appearance throughout Western thought, first as a creature springing from the menagerie of natural law, later as a diabolical retort to theological dogmas about the resurrection of the body, and finally to present-day social, ethical, and political debates in which the cannibal is viewed through the lens of anthropology or invoked in the service of moral relativism. Ultimately, "An Intellectual History of Cannibalism" is the story of the birth of modernity and of the philosophies of culture that arose in the wake of the Enlightenment. It is a book that lays bare the darker fears and impulses that course through the Western intellectual tradition.

List of Illustrations vii Acknowledgments ix Introduction 1 Chapter One: A Hobbesian Life Raft 4 Chapter Two: The Tortures and Fate of the Body 41 Chapter Three: Creatures of Evil 70 Chapter Four: The Conquest of the Savages 105 Chapter Five: The Predicaments of Identity 125 Chapter Six: A Question of Taste 162 Chapter Seven: The Anthropophagus in the City 183 Chapter Eight: The Agent of Absolute Cruelty 233 Notes 263 Selected Bibliography 317 Index 333