The French Enlightenment and Its Others: The Mandarin, the Savage, and the Invention of the Human Sciences David Allen Harvey

ISBN: 9781137002532

Published: August 21st 2012

Hardcover

280 pages


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The French Enlightenment and Its Others: The Mandarin, the Savage, and the Invention of the Human Sciences  by  David Allen Harvey

The French Enlightenment and Its Others: The Mandarin, the Savage, and the Invention of the Human Sciences by David Allen Harvey
August 21st 2012 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 280 pages | ISBN: 9781137002532 | 8.61 Mb

This book examines the French Enlightenments 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, andMoreThis book examines the French Enlightenments 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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