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The French Enlightenment and Its Others

The Mandarin, the Savage, and the Invention of the Human Sciences

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. David Allen Harvey
    Pages 1-9
  3. David Allen Harvey
    Pages 69-95
  4. David Allen Harvey
    Pages 97-123
  5. David Allen Harvey
    Pages 183-211
  6. David Allen Harvey
    Pages 213-220
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 221-271

About this book


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.

About the authors

David Harvey is an associate professor of History at the New College of Florida.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The French Enlightenment and Its Others
  • Book Subtitle The Mandarin, the Savage, and the Invention of the Human Sciences
  • Authors D. Harvey
  • Series Title Palgrave Studies in Cultural and Intellectual History
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2012
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-00253-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-43381-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-00254-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 271
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Cultural History
    History of France
    European History
    Modern History
    Social History
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" the best overview of the French Enlightenment's engagement with diversity . . . This comprehensive and clear book should be read by everyone as a primer on the role of the Enlightenment in articulating the contours of many of the debates about diversity that still preoccupy us in the workplace, in law, and in the academy." - AHR

"Highly recommended." - CHOICE