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The Resource Foragers, farmers, and fossil fuels : how human values evolve, Ian Morris ; [with responses by] Richard Seaford, Jonathan D. Spence, Christine M. Korsgaard, Margaret Atwood ; edited and introduced by Stephen Macedo

Foragers, farmers, and fossil fuels : how human values evolve, Ian Morris ; [with responses by] Richard Seaford, Jonathan D. Spence, Christine M. Korsgaard, Margaret Atwood ; edited and introduced by Stephen Macedo

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Foragers, farmers, and fossil fuels : how human values evolve
Title
Foragers, farmers, and fossil fuels
Title remainder
how human values evolve
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Ian Morris ; [with responses by] Richard Seaford, Jonathan D. Spence, Christine M. Korsgaard, Margaret Atwood ; edited and introduced by Stephen Macedo
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eng
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  • "Most people in the world today think democracy and gender equality are good, and that violence and wealth inequality are bad. But most people who lived during the 10,000 years before the nineteenth century thought just the opposite. Drawing on archaeology, anthropology, biology, and history, Ian Morris, author of the best-selling Why the West Rules--for Now, explains why. The result is a compelling new argument about the evolution of human values, one that has far-reaching implications for how we understand the past--and for what might happen next. Fundamental long-term changes in values, Morris argues, are driven by the most basic force of all: energy. Humans have found three main ways to get the energy they need--from foraging, farming, and fossil fuels. Each energy source sets strict limits on what kinds of societies can succeed, and each kind of society rewards specific values. In tiny forager bands, people who value equality but are ready to settle problems violently do better than those who aren't; in large farming societies, people who value hierarchy and are less willing to use violence do best; and in huge fossil-fuel societies, the pendulum has swung back toward equality but even further away from violence. But if our fossil-fuel world favors democratic, open societies, the ongoing revolution in energy capture means that our most cherished values are very likely to turn out--at some point fairly soon--not to be useful any more. Originating as the Tanner Lectures delivered at Princeton University, the book includes challenging responses by novelist Margaret Atwood, philosopher Christine Korsgaard, classicist Richard Seaford, and historian of China Jonathan Spence"--
  • "This is a successor work to Why the West Rules for Now, in which Morris once again advances an ambitious account of how certain 'brute material forces' limit and help determine the 'culture, values, and beliefs, ' including the moral codes, that humans have adopted over the last 20,000 years. The present volume originated as Ian Morris's Tanner Lectures on Human Values, delivered at Princeton University in November of 2012"--Introduction
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1960-
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Morris, Ian
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index present
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In English
Literary form
non fiction
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  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • 1939-
  • 1957-
  • 1960-
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  • Seaford, Richard
  • Spence, Jonathan D
  • Korsgaard, Christine M.
  • Atwood, Margaret
  • Macedo, Stephen
  • Morris, Ian
Series statement
The University Center for Human Values Series
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  • Social values
  • Social evolution
  • Social change
  • Power resources
  • Hunting and gathering societies
  • Agriculture
  • Fossil fuels
  • Civilization
  • Civilization
  • HISTORY
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • PHILOSOPHY
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • Agriculture
  • Civilization
  • Civilization
  • Hunting and gathering societies
  • Power resources
  • Social change
  • Social evolution
  • Social values
  • HISTORY / World
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Foragers, farmers, and fossil fuels : how human values evolve, Ian Morris ; [with responses by] Richard Seaford, Jonathan D. Spence, Christine M. Korsgaard, Margaret Atwood ; edited and introduced by Stephen Macedo
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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multicolored
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text
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Contents
Each Age Gets the Thought It Needs -- Foragers -- Farmers -- Fossil Fuels -- The Evolution of Values : Biology, Culture, and the Shape of Things to Come -- On the Ideology of Imagining That "Each Age Gets the Thought It Needs" / Richard Seaford -- But What Was It Really Like? : The Limitations of Measuring Historical Values / Jonathan D. Spence -- Eternal Values, Evolving Values, and the Value of the Self / Christine M. Korsgaard -- When the Lights Go Out : Human Values after the Collapse of Civilization / Margaret Atwood -- My Correct Views on Everything / Ian Morris
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ocn904135230
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1 online resource
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9781400865512
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rdamedia
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JSTOR
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10.1515/9781400865512
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  • 931b927d-fe09-4f03-b9e3-40d5af90d13e
  • 22573/ctvd59ff3
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(OCoLC)904135230
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Foragers, farmers, and fossil fuels : how human values evolve, Ian Morris ; [with responses by] Richard Seaford, Jonathan D. Spence, Christine M. Korsgaard, Margaret Atwood ; edited and introduced by Stephen Macedo
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Each Age Gets the Thought It Needs -- Foragers -- Farmers -- Fossil Fuels -- The Evolution of Values : Biology, Culture, and the Shape of Things to Come -- On the Ideology of Imagining That "Each Age Gets the Thought It Needs" / Richard Seaford -- But What Was It Really Like? : The Limitations of Measuring Historical Values / Jonathan D. Spence -- Eternal Values, Evolving Values, and the Value of the Self / Christine M. Korsgaard -- When the Lights Go Out : Human Values after the Collapse of Civilization / Margaret Atwood -- My Correct Views on Everything / Ian Morris
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ocn904135230
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unknown
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1 online resource
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unknown
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online
Isbn
9781400865512
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unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.1515/9781400865512
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 931b927d-fe09-4f03-b9e3-40d5af90d13e
  • 22573/ctvd59ff3
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not applicable
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unknown
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
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(OCoLC)904135230

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