ABSTRACT

Fellow archaeologists Fredrik Fahlander and Terje Oestigaard argues that death serves as an analytical entrance to humanity, for the ideas of the essence of humanity as perceived by humans are manifested in death. The author illuminates an instance of Peron's more inclusive accounts of Aboriginal people as fellow humans as opposed to an absolute Other, the exemplary savage possessing either ignoble or noble characteristics. Peron's declared that he had come to recognise the truth of this principle of Helvetius, citing his argument that Physical needs dispose men to ferocity and ingratitude, Humanity and gratitude are the result of social organisation and are the happy result of civilisation. Perhaps Miranda Hughes had Peron's meditation on cremation in mind when she condemned his effusive and extravagant writings, which, she argues, in comparison to the accounts of Baudin, who is worthy of Degerando's title, Philosophical Traveler, seems little improvement on the work of an amateur traveller.