Darwin's Racism

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Throughout the 19th century in the British Empire, parallel developments in science and the law were squeezing Aborigines everywhere into nonexistence. Charles Darwin took part in this. Again and again, he expressed his approval of the extermination of the native "lower races." The more interesting part of the story is that there were plenty of voices, albeit a minority and mostly forgotten now, who objected on humanitarian grounds (and sometimes scientific grounds as well). Europeans, they said, were becoming polished savages and dehumanizing the Other. Darwin was very aware of this criticism and cared not one whit. As he said in a letter to Charles Lyell, "I … care not much whether we are looked at as mere savages in a remotely distant future." But he well knew it was not a remote future. He had read several writers who accused Europeans of being the real savages. For a brief moment in his youth in his Diary, he himself dabbled in such criticism, even though he already believed in the inferiority of indigenous peoples. That belief grew firmer as he matured. Darwin did not dispute humanitarians so much as he ignored them. It's a sad story. But oh those humanitarians, how they inspire.

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Titel
Darwin's Racism
Untertitel
The Definitive Case, Along With a Close Look at Some of the Forgotten, Genuine Humanitarians of That Time
Autor
EAN
9781491791264
ISBN
1491791268
Format
Kartonierter Einband
Herausgeber
iUniverse
Anzahl Seiten
806
Gewicht
1214g
Größe
H229mm x B152mm x T46mm
Jahr
2016
Untertitel
Englisch
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