De Gobineau Joseph-Arthur - The Moral and intellectual diversity of races

Author : De Gobineau Joseph-Arthur
Title : The Moral and intellectual diversity of races
Year : 1856

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It has been truly observed that a good book seldom requires, and a bad one never deserves, a long preface. When a foreign book, however, is obtruded on the notice of the public, it is but just that the reasons for so doing should be explained ; and, in the present case, this is the more necessary, as the tiLle of the work might lead many to believe that it was intended to re-agitate the question of unity or plurality of the species-a question which the majority of readers eonsider aatisfactorily and forever settled by the words of Holy Writ. Suoh, however, is not the purpose of either the author or the editor. The design of this work is, to oontribute toward the knowledge of. the leading mental and moral oharacteristios of the various raCes of men whioh have subsisted from the dawn of history to the present era, and to ascertain, if possible, the degree to which they are IW!Oeptible of improvement. ...

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