The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity (David Graeber & David Wengrow book)


Published 2022-03-15.

I read the first two chapters and am stopping for now. My main takeaway so far is that many of the ideas we associate with the Enlightenment, in particular that of individual liberty, did not arise spontaneously in the minds of Western thinkers. Rather, these ideas came directly from indigenous American intellectuals, who shared extensive critiques of European ways of life via conversation with Jesuits. These indigenous perspectives were published in Jesuit journals and circulated widely in Europe, ultimately influencing thinkers like Jean-Jacques Rousseau.


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