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Show Me the BoneReconstructing Prehistoric Monsters in Nineteenth-Century Britain and America$
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Gowan Dawson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226332734

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226332871.001.0001

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Unfortunate Allies

Unfortunate Allies

(p.271) 8 Unfortunate Allies
Show Me the Bone

Gowan Dawson

University of Chicago Press

This chapter explores how Robert Knox, the Edinburgh anatomist disgraced by the Burke and Hare murders, recommenced his prolonged campaign against the law of correlation in the mid-1850s, just as Huxley was himself making the same criticisms. Already struggling in his attempts to challenge popularizers, Huxley had to distinguish his own anti-Cuvierianism from Knox’s older, but much less reputable version of the same argument. A further complication was that while Knox’s disciples in the new Anthropological Society adhered closely to his views on race, they were, paradoxically, at odds with him on correlation. This self-proclaimed Cannibal Club, led by Charles Carter Blake, constituted a nascent scientific faction who fiercely resisted both Huxley’s authority and the broader agenda of scientific naturalism.

Keywords:   Robert Knox, Burke and Hare, Edinburgh, Thomas Henry Huxley, Charles Carter Blake, Anthropological Society, race, Cannibal Club, scientific naturalism, faction

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