It is in works such as Carleton S. And, it is from works such as these that contemporary discourses on race within preservationist circles find their genealogical root. If Spengler did not reduce race to physical characteristics, how did he understand it? In terms of the connection between race and landscape, we see Spengler advocating for a fundamentally formative and governing impact of the latter upon the former:
He also acknowledged that certain geographical areas with more complex ethnic compositions, including much of the Horn of Africa and the India subcontinent, did not fit into his racial paradigm. As such, he noted that: His Melanochroi thus eventually also comprised various other dark Caucasoid populations, including the Hamites e.
Berbers, Somalis, northern Sudanese, ancient Egyptians and Moors. Despite rejection by Huxley and the science community, the paper is sometimes cited in support of racialism.
This view contrasts polygenism, the theory that each race is actually a separate species with separate sites of origin. Despite Huxley's monogenism and his abolitionism on ethical grounds, Huxley assumed a hierarchy of innate abilities, a stance evinced in papers such as "Emancipation Black and White" and his most famous paper, "Evolution and Ethics".
In the former, he writes that the "highest places in the hierarchy of civilization will assuredly not be within the reach of our dusky cousins, though it is by no means necessary that they should be restricted to the lowest".
This application by Darwin would not become explicit until with the publication of his second great book on evolution, The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex. Darwin's publication of this book occurred within the heated debates between advocates of monogeny, who held that all races came from a common ancestor, and advocates of polygeny, who held that the races were separately created.
Darwin, who had come from a family with strong abolitionist ties, had experienced and was disturbed by cultures of slavery during his voyage on the Beagle years earlier.
Noted Darwin biographers Adrian Desmond and James Moore argue that Darwin's writings on evolution were not only influenced by his abolitionist tendencies, but also his belief that non-white races were equal in regard to their intellectual capacity as white races, a belief which had been strongly disputed by scientists such as Morton, Agassiz and Broca, all noted polygenists.
By the late s, however, Darwin's theory of evolution had been thought to be compatible with the polygenist thesis Stepan Darwin thus used Descent of Man to disprove the polygenist thesis and end the debate between polygeny and monogeny once and for all.
Darwin also used it to disprove other hypotheses about racial difference that had persisted since the time of ancient Greece, for example, that differences in skin color and body constitution occurred because of differences of geography and climate. Darwin concluded, for example, that the biological similarities between the different races were "too great" for the polygenist thesis to be plausible.
He also used the idea of races to argue for the continuity between humans and animals, noting that it would be highly implausible that man should, by mere accident acquire characteristics shared by many apes.
Darwin sought to demonstrate that the physical characteristics that were being used to define race for centuries i. Because, according to Darwin, any characteristic that did not have survival value could not have been naturally selected, he devised another hypothesis for the development and persistence of these characteristics.
The mechanism Darwin developed is known as sexual selection.
Though the idea of sexual selection had appeared in earlier works by Darwin, it was not until the late s when it received full consideration Stepan Furthermore, it was not until that sexual selection received serious consideration as a racial theory by naturalist thinkers.
Darwin defined sexual selection as the "struggle between individuals of one sex, generally the males, for the possession of the other sex".
Sexual selection consisted of two types for Darwin: The physical struggle for a mate, and 2. The preference for some color or another, typically by females of a given species. Darwin asserted that the differing human races insofar as race was conceived phenotypically had arbitrary standards of ideal beauty, and that these standards reflected important physical characteristics sought in mates.
Broadly speaking, Darwin's attitudes of what race was and how it developed in the human species are attributable to two assertions, 1. That all human beings, regardless of race share a single, common ancestor and 2.
Phenotypic racial differences are superficially selected, and have no survival value. Al, as well as notions that there existed a natural racial hierarchy that reflected inborn differences and measures of value between the different human races.Read this book using Google Play Books app on your PC, android, iOS devices.
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