Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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p. v

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Translator's Introduction: The Color of the Enlightenment

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pp. -2

In recent years, specifically since the last decade of the twentieth century, France has been going through a period of painful national debate about its official role in a number of key historical events. Of course, as Derrida observes in Sur parole: Instantanes philosophiques (1999,123-45)—his reflections on pardon, forgiveness, and memory in the context of post-apartheid South Africa—such debates and acts of soul searching and the national...

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Preface

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pp. 3-10

Imperial France condemned Toussaint Louverture to die of cold and hunger in the Jura. Republican and socialist France provided Duvalier with an imperial retirement. How do you, a Haitian, react to this paradox? It was December 1989, a week before the transfer to the Pantheon of the remains of Monge, Condorcet, and Abbe Gregoire. I was...

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1. Condorcet, "Lamenting"

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pp. 11-54

For any serious study of anthropology in the age of the Enlightenment, the work of Michele Duchet is compulsory reading.1 Meticulous in its analyses and balanced in its conclusions, this work paints a rather unflattering picture of the way in which French Enlightenment thought mapped out the symbolic geography of the human and the inhuman. With admirable clarity...

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2. The Market of Equals

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pp. 55-112

It was in Bamako. Mali was commemorating in its own way the bicentennial of the French Revolution. Not without a touch of rebelliousness. By way of general remarks on the contribution of the French Revolution to Africa, Malians were staging the encounter between France and Africa with a title that needed...

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3. Of Men and (Under) Dogs

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pp. 113-148

The problem then was settled neither by the music of reed pipes nor of flutes on the banks of the Niger. There was voodoo to start with and then drums and then things became more serious. Guns and iron spoke. The blacks, who had risen up so many times, fought with such determination and fury that it could be said that in spite of the continuous...

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Epilogue

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pp. 149-150

I n 2089, there will also be a night of the leaders. The man who forced the abolition of slavery on Enlightenment France, on revolutionary France and on white rights, and who paid for this with his life will enter the Pantheon. That night, there will be a leader who will be moved by the sad end of the

Notes

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pp. 151-162

Index

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pp. 163-166

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About the Author and Translator

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pp. 167-167

I n 2089, there will also be a night of the leaders. The man who forced the abolition of slavery on Enlightenment France, on revolutionary France and on white rights, and who paid for this with his life will enter the Pantheon. That night, there will be a leader who will be moved by the sad end of the...