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Inventing Human ScienceEighteenth-Century Domains$
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Christopher Fox, Roy Porter, and Robert Wokler

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780520200104

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520200104.001.0001

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Anthropology and Conjectural History in the Enlightenment

Anthropology and Conjectural History in the Enlightenment

Chapter:
(p.31) Two Anthropology and Conjectural History in the Enlightenment
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Inventing Human Science
Author(s):

Robert Wokler

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520200104.003.0002

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

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