The Solvency of Metaphysics: The Debate over Racial Science and Moral Philosophy in France, 1890-1919

@article{Hecht1999TheSO,
  title={The Solvency of Metaphysics: The Debate over Racial Science and Moral Philosophy in France, 1890-1919},
  author={Jennifer Michael Hecht},
  journal={Isis},
  year={1999},
  volume={90},
  pages={1 - 24}
}
  • J. Hecht
  • Published 1 March 1999
  • Philosophy
  • Isis
French nineteenth-century political theory generally held that the empirical scientism associated with the Enlightenment was inextricable from Enlightenment egalitarian ideals. As the century drew to a close, a racist anthropology developed that seemed to confound this idea because it combined scientism with a devotion to human inequality. There were several varieties of this phenomenon, but Georges Vacher de Lapouge's anthroposociology was most prominent. The racist doctrine was effectively… 

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