Kim Sterelny

Professor of Philosophy , Australian National University

Kim Sterelny is professor of philosophy at the Australian National University. His books include Language and Reality: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Language (1999), co-authored with Michael Devitt; The Evolved Apprentice: How Evolution Made Humans Unique (2012) and From Signal to Symbol: The Evolution of Language (forthcoming, 2021), co-authored with Ronald J Planer. His most recent book is The Pleistocene Social Contract: Culture and Cooperation in Human Evolution (2021).

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How equality slipped away

Kim Sterelny

To Ned (more to come, have had trouble pasting in responses):

1. The most extensive documentation of forager and other small scale societies was a big special issue of Current Anthropology a few years back. A series of multi-authored papers with a fair chunk of data. There are reasonable archaeological signatures of inequality: differential grave goods, prestige tools (made of our exotic materials like obsidian) and the like. There is no real sign of these until around the last glacial, in the very late Pleistocene

2. I did mostly have material wealth in mind. The CA papers discuss social capital and embodied capital as well, and these certainly differ in forager communities...

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