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"A significant contribution to the study of early humans, this book is a philosophical anthropology.... it makes genuinely novel, and highly persuasive, claims within the field itself."
David Depew


"Ranging across the humanities and sciences, this thoroughly original book challenges both traditional metaphysics and contemporary cultural relativism. In their place, it persuasively develops a phenomenonological, tactile-kinesthetic account of the origins of thinking. This philosophical anthropology could not be more timely. It replaces the 'linguistic turn' with a promising new 'corporeal turn.'"
John J. Stuhr, University of Oregon


"This work takes a much-needed stand in the inter-disciplinary field of philosophical anthropology. Sheets-Johnstone is well-read in the history of philosophy and in contemporary anthropology. The point of view she offers is inventive, insightful, well-established, and fruitful."
Thomas M. Alexander, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

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A ground-breaking interdisciplinary study about conceptual origins linking hominid thinking with hominid evolution
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  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Temple University Press (September 12, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877227691
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877227694
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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The Roots of Thinking is the most thoughtful book on thinking I have encountered. Maxine Sheets-Johnstone, a dancer, philosopher, and evolutionary biologist, is uniquely qualified to analyze the complex evolutionary progression from body language to verbal language during the four million year history of our hominid ancestors. Her own incisive thinking reveals the soft underpinnings of many traditional ideas about the origins of cognition, including those of monuments like Piaget and Levi-Strauss. The book covers the epistemologically liberating effect of the upright posture, including not only the use of the hands for tool making but the social and psychological advantages of face to face love making as well. In a chapter that is sheer poetry, she describes the conceptual preparation required for the recognition of death in others and the inevitable fate it represents for ourselves. Every pschotherapist interested in the subtle interactions of body and min! d will enjoy and benefit from this book.
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Extremely provocative, dense, thorough, sophisticated, high specialized. This book takes scholarship to great heights of breadth and meticulosity on topics too often treated in terms of narrow advocacy and established modes of analysis.
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