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Donald E. Brown is an American professor of anthropology (emeritus). He worked at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is best known for his theoretical work regarding the existence, characteristics and relevance of universals of human nature. In his best known work, Human Universals, he says these universals, "comprise those features of culture, society, language, behavior, and psyche for which there are no known exceptions." He is quoted at length by Steven Pinker in an appendix to The Blank Slate, where Pinker cites some of the hundreds of universals listed by Brown. In area studies his doctoral research on the structure and history of Brunei was foundational.
- Brunei: The Structure and History of Bornean Malay Sultanate. Brunei Museum, 1970.
- Hierarchy, History, and Human Nature: The Social Origins of Historical Consciousness. University of Arizona Press, 1988.
- Human Universals. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1991.
- 'Human Nature and History'. History and Theory 38 (1999): 138-157.
- 'Human Universals and their Implications'. In N. Roughley (ed.), Being humans: Anthropological Universality and Particularity in Transdisplinary Perspectives. New York: Walter de Gruyter, 2000.
- 'Human Universals, Human Nature & Human Culture'. Daedalus 133 (2004): 4, 47.
- 'Human Universals'. In Robert A. Wilson and Frank C. Keil (eds). The MIT Encyclopedia of the Cognitive Sciences. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press, 1999.
- Christopher Boehm. 'Human Universals: Donald E. Brown'. American Anthropologist 94 (1992): 742-743.
- Walter J. Lonner. 'Human Universals: Donald E. Brown'. American Ethnologist 21 (1994): 920-921.
- List of Universals from the book.
- Introduction to Human Universals and Methods of research by Donald E. Brown
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