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[mass noun] The doctrine of polygeny:‘the problem of polygenism and the dogma of original sin’
- ‘The authority of the Scriptures was still great: the case for polygenism, put forward most famously by Henry Home, Lord Kames, met with widespread outrage.’
- ‘Broca argued that the anthropologists could debate monogenism or polygenism without extraneous preoccupations.’
- ‘In the context of this militant polygenism of 1854-57, the new anthropology professor Quatrefages accepted a version of black perfectibility.’
- ‘The tradition of anti-clerical skepticism even allowed geographers like Vivien to cry scientific freedom so polygenism could challenge the religious constraints of a Prichard.’
- ‘Louis Aggasiz, for example, a Harvard biologist and opponent of evolution, was the foremost American expositor of polygenism, the notion that each race was a separate biological species.’
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