An Essay on the Causes of the Variety of Complexion and Figure in the Human Species: To which are Added, Animadversions on Certain Remarks Made on the First Edition of this Essay, by Mr. Charles White ... Also, Strictures on Lord Kaim's Discourse on the Original Diversity of Mankind. And an Appendix
"Although the following essay may seem, at first view, to propose nothing to itself but to amuse the public with a philosophical speculation; yet as its object is to establish the unity of the human species, by tracing its varieties to their natural causes, it has an obvious and intimate relation with religion, by bringing in science to confirm the verity of the Mosaic history. It has lately become a kind of cant with certain superficial smatterers in physical science to speak of revealed religion, and of the spirit of piety as being hostile to profound researches into nature, lest they should be found to contradict the dogmas of revelation. We see these men, likewise, with equal ignorance and vanity, contemptuously insinuate that the friends of piety are always ready to rest their opinions, not on well ascertained facts, but on the supposed authority of Heaven, to save them the pains, and the hazard of enquiries so dangerous to contented superstition. These self-dubbed naturalists, vain of their own faint shadow of knowledge, because they know so little, seem to have forgotten the existence of such men as Newton, or Boyle, Bacon or Mede, and a thousand others, equally distinguished for the depth of their enquiries into the mysteries of nature, and for their sublime and fervent piety towards its Author. Genuine philosophy has ever been found the friend of true religion. They are only spurious pretences to science which have wantonly arrayed themselves against the holy scriptures. In a question of that nature which is discussed in the following essay, I would be far from introducing the authority of religion to silence enquiry, and equally far would I be from making it a substitute for proof. I appeal to the evidence of facts, and to conclusions resulting from these facts which I trust every genuine disciple of nature will acknowledge to be legitimately drawn from her own fountain. From Natural Science, which has been cultivated with more than common ardor and success in the present age, she now forms her chief attacks against the doctrines, and the history of religion. And on this quarter she has pressed them with the greatest zeal. While others, therefore, are successfully defending the interior fortresses of religion, and extending her practical sway over the hearts of men, I thought that I might render a valuable service to the cause, by cooperating, in some degree, with those who are defending her outworks, and carrying their attacks into the enemy's camp"--Introduction. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2008 APA, all rights reserved).
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
aboriginal Africa African America anatomists ancestors animals appearance arctic circle arts ascribed Asia atmosphere beauty become bile Blumenbach body Caspian sea causes character chiefly civilized climate cold complexion continent countenance dark colour deformed degree descendents distinguished effect enemies essay Europe European example exist exposed extreme fact farther India figure forests frequently genius ginal globe greater habits of living hair heat human nature ideas Ignatius Sancho indian influence inhabitants integument islands labor Lapland latitudes less limbs lordship mankind manners Monomotapa natives negro northern observation original Pacific ocean peculiar persons philosophers portion possess principles produced proportion race racter reason region remark render resemblance rude SAMUEL STANHOPE SMITH seen Senegal shades skin slaves society southern species subsistence suffer surprizing Tartar temperate temperature tion torrid torrid zone tribes tropical ture varieties various warrior whole women writers zone
Page 284 - And the midwives said unto Pharaoh, Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women; for they are lively, and are delivered ere the midwives come in unto them.
Page 2 - Co. of the said district, have deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof they claim as proprietors, in the words following, to wit : " Tadeuskund, the Last King of the Lenape. An Historical Tale." In conformity to the Act of the Congress of the United States...
Page 265 - Comparing them by their faculties of memory, reason, and imagination, it appears to me that in memory they are equal to the whites ; in reason much inferior, as I think one could scarcely be found capable of tracing and comprehending the investigations of Euclid : and that in imagination they are dull, tasteless, and anomalous.
Page 266 - Misery is often the parent of the most affecting touches in poetry. — Among the blacks is misery enough, God knows, but no poetry. Love is the peculiar oestrum of the poet. Their love is ardent, but it kindles the senses only, not the imagination.
Page 2 - An Essay on the Causes of the Variety of Complexion and Figure in the Human Species. To which are added, Animadversions on certain Remarks made on the first edition of this Essay, by Mr. Charles White, in a series of Discourses delivered before the Literary and Philosophical Society of Manchester in England. Also, Strictures on LordKaims ' Discourse on the Original Diversity of Mankind.
Page 276 - ... many have been brought up to the handicraft arts, and from that circumstance have always been associated with the whites. Some have been liberally educated, and all have lived in countries where the arts and sciences are cultivated to a considerable degree, and have had before their eyes samples of the best works from abroad.
Page 266 - Most of them indeed have been confined to tillage, to their own homes, and their own society: yet many have been so situated that they might have availed themselves of the conversation of their masters; many have been brought up to the handicraft arts, and from that circumstance have always been associated with the whites.
Page 37 - Asiatick continent we pass at once from the fair to the olive, and thence by various gradations in the darkness of the hue, to the black, colour which prevails in the southern provinces of the peninsulas of Arabia and India.
Page 2 - An Act for the Encouragement of Learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies during the time* therein mentioned," and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical and other prints.
Page 268 - I am not prepared either to deny or affirm. 1 am inclined, however, to ascribe the apparent dullness of the negro principally to the wretched state of his existence first in his original country, where he is at once a poor and abject savage, and subjected to an atrocious despotism; and afterwards in those regions to which he is transported to finish his days in slavery, and toil. Genius, in order to its cultivation, and the advantageous display of its...