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Rousseau's Critique of Anthropological Representations

Ter Ellingson

in The Myth of the Noble Savage

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2001 | ISBN: 9780520222687
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520925922 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520222687.003.0007
Rousseau's Critique of Anthropological Representations

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Many stories could be told of Rousseau, some positive, some negative, and some, as in his argument for the rights of animals, which would arouse conflicting positive and negative responses in different audiences. The story extracted here from his writings is the clearest account outlining his relationship to two main questions in this chapter: the representation of the “savage,” where his role is complex, and the construction of anthropology, where his critiques and projective constructions play an inspirational role. He is an original synthesizer, who brings out clearly the significance of what others had separately and individually hinted. Rousseau brings the world of cultural diversity together into a vision of analytic and critical human unity.

Keywords: Rousseau; Lescarbot; savage; animal rights; anthropology

Chapter.  6596 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural Anthropology

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