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History and Philosophy of Anthropological Theory

The course provides a broad introduction to the history of anthropological theory from the mid-nineteenth century to the 1980s.

It contextualizes central anthropological concepts and ideas within broader philosophical currents which has had the greatest significance for and impact on the development of the discipline. These include, but are not limited to
limited to, evolutionism, positivism, hermeneutics, marxism, critical theory, structuralism and feminism.

Particular attention is paid to the social and political contexts from which anthropology arose. The course emphasizes the need for reflexivity regarding the consequences and requirements of anthropological methods and theory
sets. It combines important classical texts with secondary literature.