Enlightenment, the Birth of Race, and Racial Thinking

Enlightenment, the Birth of Race, and Racial Thinking

Buffon, Hume, and Kant are Enlightenment thinkers who used race as a concept to view human development … In reading Buffon, consider how he relates to color, form and size, and disposition. How does Buffon address gender differences within racial groups? How does Hume dismiss the importance of African and African descent peoples? In what way does Kant explain racial differences? How does Kant create a hierarchy of these differences? What role does climate and geography play in Kant’s analysis?