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Author Harvey, David Allen, 1971-

Title The French Enlightenment and its others : the Mandarin, the savage, and the invention of the human sciences / David Allen Harvey
Edition 1st ed
Published New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 271 pages)
Series Palgrave studies in cultural and intellectual history
Contents Philosophy in the Seraglio -- The Wisdom of the East -- The New World and the Noble Savage -- The Last Frontiers -- The Varieties of Man -- An Indelible Stain -- The Apotheosis of Europe
Summary This book explores the French Enlightenment's use of cross-cultural comparisons--particularly the figures of the Chinese mandarin and American and Polynesian savage- to praise of critique aspects of European society and to draw general conclusions regarding human nature, natural law, and the rise and decline of civilizations. Following such comparisons across a variety of contexts over the course of the eighteenth century, David Harvey concludes that by the eve of the French Revolution, thinkers had mobilized cross-cultural comparisons in order to articulate a vision of Europe's identity and place in the world, defining it both as civilized and also as dynamic and progressive
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Enlightenment -- France
Cultural pluralism
France -- Intellectual life -- 18th century
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781137002549