Robert Harry Lowie

American anthropologist. In 1917 Lowie coined the term Omnis cultura ex cultura (modelled on Virchow's phrase Omnis ceullua e celulla), taking a hard line against the importance of genetic factors in human behavior. Lowie allied himself with his fellow Boas student in an attempt to completely separate anthropology from biology in general, and evolutionary theory in particular. A strong opponent of eugenics, Lowie publicly attacked Madison Grant's eugenicist propaganda tract The Passing of the Great Race in 1922.


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