Thomas Merrill

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Thomas W. Merrill is Associate Professor of Government and Associate Director of the Political Theory Institute in the School of Public Affairs at American University. He is the author of Hume and the Politics of Enlightenment (Cambridge, 2015) and is a co-editor of three volumes, including The Political Thought of the Civil War (Kansas, 2018).

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The Invention of Humanity: Equality and Cultural Difference in World History. Siep Stuurman. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2017.
This book is a history of the idea of humanity across world history. Stuurman analyzes the idea of humanity into two other concepts, equality and cultural difference, and he offers discussions of wide range of thinkers, some well-known to a general academic…