The End of the Soul: Scientific Modernity, Atheism, and Anthropology in France

The End of the Soul: Scientific Modernity, Atheism, and Anthropology in France

by Jennifer Hecht
     
 

On October 19, 1876 a group of leading French citizens, joined together to form the Society of Mutual Autopsy, with the aim of proving that souls do not exist. With this group as its focus, The End of the Soul is a study of science and atheism in France in late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It shows that anthropology grew out of a struggle

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Overview

On October 19, 1876 a group of leading French citizens, joined together to form the Society of Mutual Autopsy, with the aim of proving that souls do not exist. With this group as its focus, The End of the Soul is a study of science and atheism in France in late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It shows that anthropology grew out of a struggle between tradition (especially Catholicism) and modernism, and that it became for many a secular religion, with such adherents as Emile Zola, Margaret Sanger, and Arthur Conan Doyle.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231128476
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
12/13/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

List of IllustrationsAcknowledgmentsIntroduction: The End of the Soul1. The Society of Mutual Autopsy and the Liturgy of Death2. Evangelical Atheism and the Rise of French Anthropology3. Scientific Materialism and the Public Response4. Careers in Anthropology and the Bertillon Family5. No Soul, No Morality: Vacher de Lapouge6. Body and Soul: LÇonce Manouvrier and the Disappearing Numbers7. The Leftist Critique of Determinist Science8. CodaConclusionNotesBibliographyIndex

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