The Scottish Enlightenment: Race, Gender, And The Limits Of Progress (Palgrave Studies In Cultural And Intellectual History)

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The Scottish Enlightenment shaped a new conception of history as a gradual and universal progress from savagery to civil society. Whereas women emancipated themselves from the yoke of male-masters, men in turn acquired polite manners and became civilized. Such a conception, however, presents problematic questions: why were the Americans still savage? Why was it that the Europeans only had complete...

Series: Palgrave Studies in Cultural and Intellectual History
Hardcover: 269 pages
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 2013 edition (February 22, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9780230114913
ISBN-13: 978-0230114913
ASIN: 0230114911
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
Amazon Rank: 3639244
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tages of the historic process? Could modern societies escape the destiny of earlier empires and avoid decadence? Was there a limit beyond which women's influence might result in dehumanization? The Scottish Enlightenment's legacy for modernity emerges here as a two-faced Janus, an unresolved tension between universalism and hierarchy, progress and the limits of progress.