Heredity, Race, and the Birth of the Modern

Routledge (2008)
Abstract
This book places under sustained scrutiny some of our most basic modern assumptions about inheritance, genealogy, blood relations, and racial categories. It has at its core a deceptively simple question, one too often taken for granted: what constitutes good bonds among humans, and what compels us to determine them so across generations as both a physical and a metaphysical attribute? Answering this question is complex and involves a foray into a seemingly disparate array of early modern sources: from adages, common law, and literature about bloodlines and bastardy to philosophical, political, and scientific discourses that both confirm and confound the common sense of familial, communal, national, and racial identity
Keywords Social sciences Philosophy  Heredity  Race  Civilization, Modern
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Call number H61.F48 2008
ISBN(s) 0415964792   9780415964791   0415887801
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