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The Resource Nature, Human Nature, and Human Difference : Race in Early Modern Philosophy, Justin E.H. Smith

Nature, Human Nature, and Human Difference : Race in Early Modern Philosophy, Justin E.H. Smith

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Nature, Human Nature, and Human Difference : Race in Early Modern Philosophy
Title
Nature, Human Nature, and Human Difference
Title remainder
Race in Early Modern Philosophy
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Justin E.H. Smith
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
People have always been xenophobic, but an explicit philosophical and scientific view of human racial difference only began to emerge during the modern period. Why and how did this happen? Surveying a range of philosophical and natural-scientific texts, dating from the Spanish Renaissance to the German Enlightenment, Nature, Human Nature, and Human Difference charts the evolution of the modern concept of race and shows that natural philosophy, particularly efforts to taxonomize and to order nature, played a crucial role. Smith demonstrates how the denial of moral equality between Europeans and non-Europeans resulted from converging philosophical and scientific developments, including a declining belief in human nature's universality and the rise of biological classification. The racial typing of human beings grew from the need to understand humanity within an all-encompassing system of nature, alongside plants, minerals, primates, and other animals. While racial difference as seen through science did not arise in order to justify the enslavement of people, it became a rationalization and buttress for the practices of trans-Atlantic slavery. From the work of François Bernier to G.W. Leibniz, Immanuel Kant, and others, Smith delves into philosophy's part in the legacy and damages of modern racism. With a broad narrative stretching over two centuries, Nature, Human Nature, and Human Difference takes a critical historical look at how the racial categories that we divide ourselves into came into being
Biographical or historical data
SmithJustin E.H.: Justin E.H. Smith is university professor of the history and philosophy of science at the Université Paris Diderot--Paris VII. He is the author of Divine Machines: Leibniz and the Sciences of Life (Princeton), coeditor and cotranslator of The Leibniz-Stahl Controversy, and a regular contributor to the New York Times and other publications
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DEGRU
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Smith, Justin E. H
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Language note
In English
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
EBL-Schweitzer
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  • Ethnicity
  • Race
  • Science
  • Social Science
  • Social Science
  • Ethnicity
  • Race
  • Science
  • Evolution (Biology)
  • History of Philosophy
  • Philosophy of nature
  • Philosophy, other
  • Philosophy
  • Sozialwissenschaften, Soziologie, Anthropologie
Label
Nature, Human Nature, and Human Difference : Race in Early Modern Philosophy, Justin E.H. Smith
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
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  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Chapter 4: The Specter of Polygenesis
  • Chapter 5: Diversity as Degeneration
  • Chapter 6: From Lineage to Biogeography
  • Chapter 7: L eibniz on Human Equality and Human Domination
  • Chapter 8: Anton Wilhelm Amo
  • Chapter 9: Race and Its Discontents in the Enlightenment
  • Conclusion
  • Biographical Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Frontmatter
  • Contents
  • Acknowledgments
  • A Note on Citations and Terminology
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Curious Kinks
  • Chapter 2: Toward a Historical Ontology of Race
  • Chapter 3: New Worlds
Control code
ocn984682227
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (312 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781400866311
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.1515/9781400866311
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
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  • d9c455e5-9196-4c06-a148-baff8747bfb9
Reformatting quality
not applicable
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)984682227
Label
Nature, Human Nature, and Human Difference : Race in Early Modern Philosophy, Justin E.H. Smith
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Chapter 4: The Specter of Polygenesis
  • Chapter 5: Diversity as Degeneration
  • Chapter 6: From Lineage to Biogeography
  • Chapter 7: L eibniz on Human Equality and Human Domination
  • Chapter 8: Anton Wilhelm Amo
  • Chapter 9: Race and Its Discontents in the Enlightenment
  • Conclusion
  • Biographical Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Frontmatter
  • Contents
  • Acknowledgments
  • A Note on Citations and Terminology
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Curious Kinks
  • Chapter 2: Toward a Historical Ontology of Race
  • Chapter 3: New Worlds
Control code
ocn984682227
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (312 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781400866311
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.1515/9781400866311
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 22573/ctt1dr2zbh
  • d9c455e5-9196-4c06-a148-baff8747bfb9
Reformatting quality
not applicable
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)984682227

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