The Scottish Enlightenment: Race, Gender, and the Limits of Progress

The Scottish Enlightenment: Race, Gender, and the Limits of Progress

by Silvia Sebastiani
     
 

Examines how the difference between monogenist and polygenist accounts of the origin of the human race was reflected in, and helped to shape, Scottish Enlightenment accounts of society's progress through historical stages. Reveals how concepts of race and the role of women were treated by historians, philosophers, and other thinkers.  See more details below

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Examines how the difference between monogenist and polygenist accounts of the origin of the human race was reflected in, and helped to shape, Scottish Enlightenment accounts of society's progress through historical stages. Reveals how concepts of race and the role of women were treated by historians, philosophers, and other thinkers.

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Shortlisted for the Istvan Hont Prize.

'The most important study of the eighteenth-century Scottish historians since Colin Kidd's Subverting Scotland's Past It is a book which establishes Sebastiani as one of the leading European intellectual historians of her generation.' - John Robertson, University of Cambridge, UK

'Sebastiani's provocative and persuasive contribution to studies of Enlightenment thought demonstrates the centrality of arguments about progress and their complex connection to notions of national character, race, gender and nation.' - John Brewer, Eli and Edye Broad Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences, California Institute of Technology, USA

'Silvia Sebastiani's study offers important new insights into the Scottish Enlightenment that both deepen and defamiliarize our understanding of the progressive histories that emanated from eighteenth-century Scotland.' - Karen O'Brien, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education, University of Birmingham, UK

'Silvia Sebastiani teases out the complex relationship between progress, civilization, and human difference in the Scottish Enlightenment She adds immeasurably to our understanding of the eighteenth-century 'Science of Man' and its legacies to modern thought.' - Barbara Taylor, Professor of Humanities, Queen Mary, University of London, UK

'It is real pleasure to see Silvia Sebastiani's fine study in an English edition. Every student of the Scottish Enlightenment will benefit from a book that provides such lucid commentary on many central issues of this critical period.' - Mark Salber Phillips, Professor of History, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

'In this well-researched, insightful book, Silvia Sebastiani delivers the first extensive analysis of race and gender in Scottish Enlightenment thought. In the process, she deftly investigates previously under-explored aspects of eighteenth-century debates.' - Richard B. Sher, author of The Enlightenment and the Book

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230114913
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
02/21/2013
Series:
Palgrave Studies in Cultural and Intellectual History Series
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Silvia Sebastiani is Maître de Conférences (Associate Professor) at the école des Hautes études en Sciences Socials in Paris, France, where she teaches seminars on the experiences and ideologies of race in the early modern period and on Enlightenment historiography, and coordinate the group of research mondes britannique.

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