Archaic Thought, Preliterate and Literate

Michael Horace Barnes

in Stages of Thought

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780195396270
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199852482 | DOI:
Archaic Thought, Preliterate and Literate

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Primitive cultures differ greatly in their thought style from axial-age classical cultures. This chapter deals with two “in-between” stages of culture: the early and late archaic stages that lie between primitive foraging cultures and literate classical cultures. Each stage of archaic culture is the result of a major revolution in human affairs. The first follows the Neolithic agricultural revolution; the second, the revolution of literacy. Jack Goody holds that literacy may be credited as the human invention that led to the “great divide” between primitive and modern modes of thought.

Keywords: agricultural revolution; early archaic culture; literate culture; late archaic culture; Jack Goody; great divide theory; literacy

Chapter.  6745 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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