Boehm's golden age: equality and consciousness in early human society

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Abstract:

Boehm's interesting hypothesis concerning the origins of human morality within egalitarian hunter-gatherer society relies on a one-sided view of the genetic inheritance of proto-humans, and on an over-optimistic view of the egalitarian effects of evolving human consciousness. The four papers as a whole would benefit from a richer conception of evolved human nature, involving the interaction of normative, affective, and rational elements.

Document Type: Review Article

Affiliations: Interdisciplinary Human Studies, University of Bradford, Bradford BD7 1DP, UK.

Publication date: January 1, 2000

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