"The great virtue of the work, and one that will probably make it something of a milestone, lies in Bidney's own constructiveness. He is a philosophical optimist who believes in using what is valued from previous theories, and who is convinced that cultural or social science is able to show the way to human improvement." --"Social Forces"
"Theoretical Anthropology" is a major contribution to the historical and critical study of the assumptions underlying the development of modern cultural anthropology.
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Page xlii - Civilization, taken in its wide ethnographic sense, is that complex whole which includes knowledge, belief, art, morals, law, custom, and any other capabilities and habits acquired by man as a member of society.
Page xi - Believing, with Max Weber, that man is an animal suspended in webs of significance he himself has spun, I take culture to be those webs, and the analysis of it to be therefore not an experimental science in search of law but an interpretive one in search of meaning.