Re: civilized?

Ruby Rohrlich (rohrlich@GWIS2.CIRC.GWU.EDU)
Tue, 13 Dec 1994 18:34:26 -0500

the classic anthropological definition of "civilization,"if I remember
right, derivesfrom "civitas," or city.As the city emerged, so also did class
stratification, warfare, and male supremacy in feedback. Ruby

On Tue, 13 Dec 1994, Eric Silverman wrote:

> As to the question of aggression and "civilization," I will simply suggest
> a (re)reading of Civilization and Its Discontents. Indeed, the more telling
> question is not, to my mind, at what point along the evolutionary trajectory
> does violence/aggression decrease but, rather, what is the relationship
> between violence, aggression and a moral order of society. A psychodynamic
> perspective is useful. I might also refer to recent work by Simon Harrison.
> There is also a nice corpus of material on sacrifice, e.g, Girard.
> Eric Silverman
> DePauw University