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Process or cultural relativism in prehistory?

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  • UserDr Simon Stoddart, Senior Lecturer in Archaeology, University of Cambridge
  • ClockTuesday 14 November 2006, 19:00-20:30
  • HouseLloyd Room, Christ's College.

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Both in the sciences and the humanities there is a tension between particular research and general theories. Since the scientific revolution (if not before) there has been a tendency, in both the sciences and humanities, to frame general theories. Does this survive into our time, or has the emphasis shifted to particular research with a reluctance to generalise? Have we outlived the need for general theories, or are they crucial to understanding particular findings in their broader setting?

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