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Race and the enlightenment : a reader / edited by Emmanuel Chukwudi Eze.

Contributor(s): Material type: TextTextPublication details: Oxford : Blackwell, 1996.ISBN:
  • 063120136X
  • 0631201378
Subject(s): DDC classification:
  • 190 20
Contents:
1. The God-given Order of Nature. Homo in The System of Nature / Carl von Linne -- 2. The Geographical and Cultural Distribution of Mankind. Comte de Buffon, A Natural History, General and Particular / Georges-Louis Leclerc -- 3. "Negroes ... naturally inferior to the whites" "Of the Populousness of Ancient Nations" / David Hume. "Of National Characters" / David Hume. A Response to Hume / James Beattie -- 4. "This fellow was quite black ... a clear proof that what he said was stupid" "On the Different Races of Man / Immanuel Kant. "On National Characteristics" / Immanuel Kant. Physical Geography / Immanuel Kant -- 5. The Kant-Herder Controversy. Review of Herder's Ideas on the Philosophy of the History of Mankind / Immanuel Kant. "Organization of the Peoples of Africa" / Johann Gottfried Herder -- 6. The Degeneration of Races. "Degeneration of the Species" / Johann Friedrich Blumenbach -- 7. Entries in the Encyclopedie and the Encyclopaedia Britannica. "Negre," from the Encyclopedie. "Negro," from Encyclopaedia Britannica -- 8. "The difference is fixed in nature" Notes on the State of Virginia / Thomas Jefferson -- 9. "The race from which we are descended has been called Caucasian ... the handsomest on earth" "Varieties of the Human Species" / Georges Leopold Cuvier -- 10. Race, History, and Imperialism. "Geographical Basis of World History" / Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel. "Colonialism in the Internal Logic of Capitalist Modernity" / Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel.
Summary: 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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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

1. The God-given Order of Nature. Homo in The System of Nature / Carl von Linne -- 2. The Geographical and Cultural Distribution of Mankind. Comte de Buffon, A Natural History, General and Particular / Georges-Louis Leclerc -- 3. "Negroes ... naturally inferior to the whites" "Of the Populousness of Ancient Nations" / David Hume. "Of National Characters" / David Hume. A Response to Hume / James Beattie -- 4. "This fellow was quite black ... a clear proof that what he said was stupid" "On the Different Races of Man / Immanuel Kant. "On National Characteristics" / Immanuel Kant. Physical Geography / Immanuel Kant -- 5. The Kant-Herder Controversy. Review of Herder's Ideas on the Philosophy of the History of Mankind / Immanuel Kant. "Organization of the Peoples of Africa" / Johann Gottfried Herder -- 6. The Degeneration of Races. "Degeneration of the Species" / Johann Friedrich Blumenbach -- 7. Entries in the Encyclopedie and the Encyclopaedia Britannica. "Negre," from the Encyclopedie. "Negro," from Encyclopaedia Britannica -- 8. "The difference is fixed in nature" Notes on the State of Virginia / Thomas Jefferson -- 9. "The race from which we are descended has been called Caucasian ... the handsomest on earth" "Varieties of the Human Species" / Georges Leopold Cuvier -- 10. Race, History, and Imperialism. "Geographical Basis of World History" / Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel. "Colonialism in the Internal Logic of Capitalist Modernity" / Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel.

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.