This article addresses a complex nexus of discourse and praxis: varying Enlightenment visions of Man; emergent ideas about human differences; and encounters between European scientific voyagers and Indigenous people in New Holland (Australia) and Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) at the start of the nineteenth century. Discursively, I trace two strands of anthropological thinking. One, philosophical and economic, is epitomized in French and Scottish stadial theory. The other is naturalist and...[Show more]
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