Re: Patriarchy: Re: What

Robert Snower (
Wed, 28 Aug 1996 19:30:46 GMT (Albert Himoe) wrote:

>To: (Robert Snower)
>Subject: Re: Patriarchy: Re: What

>> The mission of culture has always been seen as the defeat of biology.
>> Durkheim... Weber... Freud saw the
>> biological force he called the libido

>This is historically what was seen. Do you believe they were correct,
>or did they have an inadequate understanding of biology?

In what way do you think their understanding of biology was

I believe strongly that they were correct. It is important to keep in
mind that culture and learning are two different things. All culture
depends on learning for its transmission from one generation to the
next, but not all leaning is culture. Technology, for example, is
not culture in the strict sense I prefer using the term 'culture,'
even though some prefer to use 'culture' in a broad sense covering any
acquired, as against inheritable, behavior. The 'culture' I am
talking about includes its familiar applications; ritual, myth,
literature, the arts, and also styles, customs, spectator sports, etc.
All of lthese have an expressly social function.

Best wishes. R. Snower