I expected to find only a minority of the papers interesting enough to read in full, but ended up reading more than half of them (five were inaccessible to me, being in French). Although some of the papers have a very narrow focus, the collection as a whole covers such a range that its likely audience is hard to limit: it will certainly include paleoanthropologists and primatologists interested in the historical and philosophical background of their disciplines, cultural anthropologists and ethnozoologists, ethicists, and anyone interested in the history of ideas. Some of the papers cover subjects on which very little has been written, so for some specialists Ape, Man, Apeman will be an essential reference. The collection is much better put together than most conference proceedings, with uniform formatting, meticulous editing, effective illustrations and an attractive overall appearance; the only thing it lacks is an index. All told this is an impressive volume, and one that deserves to be widely known.
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- Raymond Corbey - Studying Human Origins: Disciplinary History and Epistemology
- more history of ideas
- more primates + paleoanthropology