Race and the Enlightenment: A Reader / Edition 1

Race and the Enlightenment: A Reader / Edition 1

by Emmanuel Chukwudi Eze
     
 

ISBN-10: 0631201378

ISBN-13: 9780631201373

Pub. Date: 10/28/2008

Publisher: Wiley

"... this fellow was quite black from head to foot, a clear proof that what he said was stupid" Immanuel Kant Emmanuel Chukwudi Eze collects into one convenient and controversial volume the most important and influential writings on race that the European Enlightenment produced. In Enlightenment thought reason and civilization became associated with "white" people and…  See more details below

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"... this fellow was quite black from head to foot, a clear proof that what he said was stupid" Immanuel Kant Emmanuel Chukwudi Eze collects into one convenient and controversial volume the most important and influential writings on race that the European Enlightenment produced. In Enlightenment thought reason and civilization became associated with "white" people and northern Europe, while unreason and savagery were conveniently located among "blacks" and non-whites outside Europe, in, for example, the "Dark Continent" of Africa.

The writers and thinkers represented here are: Linne, Buffon, Hume, Beattie, Kant, Herder, Blumenbach, Jefferson, Cuvier, and Hegel. In addition there are entries on the Negro from Diderot's Encyclopedie and the Encyclopaedia Britannica. All texts are situated within their historical, social, and intellectual contexts. A comprehensive introduction, presuming no prior familiarity with the texts concerned, serves as a guide to the student and general reader.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631201373
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
10/28/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
890,913
Product dimensions:
6.05(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements.

Introduction.

1. Carl von Linne: "Hommo" in the System of Nature.

2. Georges-Louis Leclerc Buffon: Biological and Geographical Distribution of Mankind.

3. David Hume: Negroes... naturally inferior to the whites. James Beattie: Response to David Hume.

4. Immanuel Kant: On the Different Races of Man. Immanuel Kant: Of National Characteristics. Immanuel Kant: Physical Geography.

5. The Kant-Herder Controversy. Kant: Review of Herder's Ideas on the Philosophy of the History of Mankind. Johann Gottfried Herder: Organization of the People of Africa.

6. Johann Friedrich Blumenbach: The Degeneration of Races.

7. Entries on: 'Negre' in the Encyclopedia, and 'Negro' in the Encyclopedia Britannica.

8. Thomas Jefferson: The difference is fixed in nature.

9. Georges Leopold Cuvier, Varieties of the Human Species.

10. Georg Wilhelm Hegel, Africa is enveloped in the Dark Mantle of Night. Georg Wilhelm Hegel, On Colonialism.

Index.

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