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The Anthropology of the Enlightenment


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Contents PREFACE iiii Contributors iiii INTRODUCTION 1 Chapter One Discovering Cultural Perspective: The Intellectual History of Anthropological Thought in the Age of Enlightenment Larry Wolff PART I: Philosophical History and Enlightened Anthropology Chapter Two Barbarians and the Redefinition of Europe: A Study of Gibbon's Third Volume J. G. A. Pocock Chapter Three The Immobility of China: Orientalism and Occidentalism in the Enlightenment Anthony Pagden Chapter Four Doux Commerce, Douce Colonisation: Diderot and the Two Indies of the French Enlightenment Sunil Agnani Chapter Five Adam Smith and the Anthropology of the Enlightenment: The "Ethnographic" Sources of Economic Progress Christian Marouby Chapter Six Beyond the Savage Character: Mexicans, Peruvians, and the "Imperfectly Civilized" in William Robertson's History of America Neil Hargraves Chapter Seven Herder's India: The "Morgenland" in Mythology and Anthropology Nicholas Germana PART II: Ethnography and Enlightened Anthropology Chapter Eight The German Enlightenment and the Pacific John Gascoigne Chapter Nine Persian Letters from Real People: Northern Perspectives on Europe Michael Harbsmeier Chapter Ten Russia and its "Orient": Ethnographic Exploration in the Russian Empire in the Age of Enlightenment Giulia Cecere Chapter Eleven Love in the Time of Hierarchy: Ethnographic Voices in Eighteenth-Century Haiti Jean-Philippe Belleau PART III: Human Nature and Enlightened Anthropology Chapter Twelve The Dreaming Body: Cartesian Psychology, Enlightenment Anthropology, and the Jesuits in Nouvelle France Mary Baine Campbell Chapter Thirteen The Anthropology of Natural Law: Debates about Pufendorf in the Age of Enlightenment Michael Kempe Chapter Fourteen "Animal Economy": Anthropology and the Rise of Psychiatry from the Encyclopedie to the Alienists Philippe Huneman Chapter Fifteen Metamorphosis and Settlement: The Enlightened Anthropology of Colonial Societies Jonathan Lamb CONCLUSION Chapter Sixteen The Old Wor(l)d and the New Wor(l)ds: A Discursive Survey from Discovery to Early Anthropology Marco Cipolloni Notes Index

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Larry Wolff is Professor of History at New York University. His books include Inventing Eastern Europe: The Map of Civilization on the Mind of the Enlightenment (Stanford, 1994), and Venice and the Slavs: The Discovery of Dalmatia in the Age of Enlightenment (Stanford, 2001).Marco Cipolloni is Professor and Chair of Spanish Language and Culture at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. His works include Il sovrano e la corte nelle "cartas" della Conquista(1991), Tra memoria apostolica e racconto profetico: Il compromesso etnografico francescano e le "cosas" della Nuova Spagna, (1994), and the critical edition of the Teatro completo of Miguel Angel Asturias (2003).


"Editors Wolff and Cipolloni offer a fascinating collection of contemporary, interdisciplinary, and international perspectives on the 'subject' and 'other' dynamic and its role in the formation of European intellectual history and historiography Wolff gives and in-depth intellectual history of anthropology; Cipolloni concludes with a marvelous discussion of protoanthropology and Euro-American encounters This is an astonishing roundtable of 'worlds' and 'words.'" - CHOICE "This lucidly written, superbly proof-read, thoroughly documented, and thought-provoking collection of essays deserves the attention of scholars, graduate students, and upper-level undergraduates in a wide range of disciplines." - Brian E. Strayer, Canadian Journal of History

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