The Hopeful Monster is Mad! Humanities and the Evolutionary Theory of Culture
Arguing with the thesis that evolution of culture is a continuous accumulation of gradual differences, this paper will try to explain how the creation of symbolic markers, that constitute the boundaries between different groups are a product of individual inventions, and that they do not abide the same type of development as the diffusion and elaboration of technical inventions. In this aspect, the concept of "hopeful monster" will be used to describe the leaps and the conditionings of the inventions of symbolic markers and systems.
Keywords: Evolutionary Theory of Culture, Minimum Symbolic Marker, Myth, Madness
Dr. Bojan Mitrovic
Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Dipartimento di Storia e Storia dell'Arte, Università di Trieste