Anthropology and Conjectural History in the Enlightenment

Robert Wokler

in Inventing Human Science

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 1995 | ISBN: 9780520200104
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520916227 | DOI:
Anthropology and Conjectural History in the Enlightenment

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Within the overarching framework of eighteenth-century anthropological studies, this chapter focuses on the physical and moral dimensions of human nature, of which the successive transformations of one into the other were thought of as mankind's passage from nature to culture. It notes that conjectural history was designed to reconstruct that dynamic relation along the presumed path it must have taken to generate the institutions and attributes of civilized men. The discussion begins with how God came to be transported to the wings of scientific explanation.

Keywords: Enlightenment; anthropology; civilized man; human science; God

Chapter.  10381 words. 

Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology

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