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Stages of ThoughtThe Co-Evolution of Religious Thought and Science$
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Michael Horace Barnes

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195396270

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195396270.001.0001

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Archaic Thought, Preliterate and Literate

Archaic Thought, Preliterate and Literate

(p.78) 4 Archaic Thought, Preliterate and Literate
Stages of Thought

Michael Horace Barnes

Oxford University Press

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

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