This book examines the French Enlightenment's engagement with the cultural and racial diversity of humankind, considering both the major thinkers usually associated with the Enlightenment and the travelers, officials, missionaries, explorers, and antiquarians whose writings and reports provided the raw materials for their philosophical syntheses. It argues that there was no single 'Enlightenment project' with regard to the non-Western world; on the contrary, eighteenth-century French authors took part in contentious debates on the causes and significance of racial difference, the relative merits of civilization and primitivism, the universality of religious belief, the legitimacy of slavery and colonialism, and the meaning of (and possibility for) human progress.
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David Allen Harvey is a professor of History and chair of the Division of Social Sciences at New College of Florida. A specialist in French cultural history, he is the author of Constructing Class and Nationality in Alsace, 1830-1945 (2001) and Beyond Enlightenment: Occultism and Politics in Modern France (2005), as well as numerous articles, essays, and reviews.
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Descrizione libro Bobbs-Merrill Co, 1966. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Never used!. Codice libro della libreria P110672608251
Descrizione libro Bobbs-Merrill Co, 1966. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria M0672608251