Abstract

The anthropological argument of Anténor Firmin takes into account ancient and modern literary works from around the world. The place Firmin accorded to the “literary factor” in his De l’égalité des races humaines (1885), which is devoted to the prolegomenon of racial anthropology, requires a deep reflection on the influential importance of the humanities for empirical research methods on race, and suggests that some apparently innocent literary texts are more harmful than the ethno-racial scientific discourses of the nineteenth century. This article examines the case of an epistemological poaching under the influence of Comtian positivism.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1931-0234
Print ISSN
0014-0767
Pages
pp. 24-39
Launched on MUSE
2016-04-04
Open Access
No
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