Lester Frank WARD (1841-1913), American botanist... - Lot 73 - Conan Belleville Hôtel d'Ainay

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Lester Frank WARD (1841-1913), American botanist... - Lot 73 - Conan Belleville Hôtel d'Ainay
Lester Frank WARD (1841-1913), American botanist and sociologist, first president of the American Sociological Association, he opposed social Darwinism and theorized that women were naturally superior to men. 2 autograph letters signed to Alexis Giraud-Teulon. 7 pp. in-8. Brown University, Providence, Aug.-Nov. 1909. Returning from a trip to Europe, he discusses his meeting with Candolle (father and son) which was through Giraud-Teulon. "I hope that you will continue in the good way that you have so well made. The chapter of the history of humanity that is the least known and the most ignored is precisely that of the role of the sexes, and especially of the female sex [...]. You are far too modest, and you do not seem to have the slightest idea of the rarity and true value of your work. You are the only continuator of the great Bachofen". He comments on his different works. "My Pure Sociology has been translated into French, and fortunately, it is there that I developed my sexuo-social philosophy. This philosophy, it seems to me, is directly related to that of Bachofen, McLennan, Morgan, and you, of which it constitutes the biological part. To complete the system, we need both. In other words, the discoveries of you anthropologists are only the continuation in the human race of the discoveries made by biologists for the plant and animal kingdoms. All these discoveries taken together have made a complete revolution in the whole way of thinking. And you, sir, are one of the pioneers in this new way [...] ". Attached is a very interesting draft reply (1 ½ p. in-8) and a small pamphlet "Sociological Works by Lester F. Ward".
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