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The Resource On human diversity : nationalism, racism, and exoticism in French thought, Tzvetan Todorov ; translated by Catherine Porter

On human diversity : nationalism, racism, and exoticism in French thought, Tzvetan Todorov ; translated by Catherine Porter

Label
On human diversity : nationalism, racism, and exoticism in French thought
Title
On human diversity
Title remainder
nationalism, racism, and exoticism in French thought
Statement of responsibility
Tzvetan Todorov ; translated by Catherine Porter
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • fre
  • eng
Summary
  • "How can we think about peoples and cultures unlike our own? In the early modern period, the fact of human diversity presented Europeans with little cause for anxiety: they simply assumed the superiority of the West. During the eighteenth century this view was gradually abandoned, as thinkers argued that other peoples possessed reason and sensibility, and thus deserved the same respect that Westerners accorded themselves. Since that time, however, Enlightenment belief in the universals of human nature has fallen into disrepute; critics allege that such notions have had disastrous consequences in the twentieth century, ranging from prejudice to persecution and outright genocide."
  • "Tzvetan Todorov, an internationally admired scholar, aims in this book to salvage the good name of the Enlightenment so that its ideas can once more inspire humane thought and action. The question he poses is of urgent relevance to the conflicts of our age: How can we avoid the dangers of a perverted universalism and scientism, as well as the pitfalls of relativism? Since the French were the ideologues of universalism and played a preeminent role in the diffusion of Enlightenment ideas in Europe, Todorov focuses on the French intellectual tradition, analyzing writers ranging from Montaigne through Tocqueville, Michelet, and Renan, to Levi-Strauss. He shows how theories of human diversity were developed in the eighteenth century, and later systematically distorted
  • The virtues of Enlightenment thought became vices in the hands of nineteenth-century thinkers, as a result of racism, nationalism, and the search for exoticism. Todorov calls for us to reject this legacy and to strive once again for an acceptance of human diversity, through a "critical humanism" prefigured in the writings of Rousseau and Montesquieu." "This is a work of impressive erudition and insight - a masterly synthesis that can help us think incisively about the racial and ethnic tensions confronting the world today."--Jacket
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Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1939-2017
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Todorov, Tzvetan
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Convergences : inventories of the present
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Ethnology
  • Ethnology
  • Philosophy, French
  • Nationalism
  • Racism
Label
On human diversity : nationalism, racism, and exoticism in French thought, Tzvetan Todorov ; translated by Catherine Porter
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Translation of: Nous et les autres
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 401-413) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
26218413
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xvi, 424 pages
Isbn
9780674634381
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
92024568
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1506410
Label
On human diversity : nationalism, racism, and exoticism in French thought, Tzvetan Todorov ; translated by Catherine Porter
Publication
Note
Translation of: Nous et les autres
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 401-413) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
26218413
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xvi, 424 pages
Isbn
9780674634381
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
92024568
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1506410

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