Re: AAA social meeting of internet anthro-l

Mon, 23 Oct 1995 13:43:17 -0400

Dear Joe:

Both of the approaches you describe are still with us and will be for a long
time. Some anthropologists believe that anthropology can and should be a
science (e.g., evolutionary ecologists), while others think it is one of
the humanities (e.g., post-modernists). People adopt whichever attitude
that suits them, and then debate endlessly over the "superiority" of their
chosen approach. All of this forces us to rethink our ideas and and strive
to make them better. Ultimately, this should lead to better explanations
and theories.

Best, Bill Vickers
Florida International University
Miami, Florida