The Myth of Culture: Why We Need a Genuine Natural Science of Societies

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Before oxygens discovery, scientists invoked a mysterious inner principle of fire to account for burning. Today, scholars appeal to an analogously unscientific inner principle, known as culture, to account for human actions. So what is wrong with culture?! It extends from the contents of Petrie dishes to art galleries and is far too imprecise for scientific use. Science aims to separate causes from effects but social scientists use culture indiscriminately as both cause and effect making scientific progress impossible. ...

The Myth of Culture: Why We Need a Genuine Natural Science of Societies 2008, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne

ISBN-13: 9781847186195

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