DOI: 10.14296/rih/2014/2081
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Abstract: In his 2013 book, The Enlightenment: And Why It Still Matters, Anthony Pagden devoted a chapter to the European 'discovery' of 'man in nature', partly through their study of the individual men whom French and British explorers brought back from their voyages to the South Pacific. Pagden framed his book as a provocative defence of a disdained subject, the Whiggishly unitary 'Enlightenment' with a capital 'E'. But his study also emphasised, as few historians had done before, that 'the Enlightenment' was entwined…

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