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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

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

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226332871.003.0009

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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