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Shaftesbury was not praising the savage, but arguing that his exam - ple could be used to support uniformitarianism just as well as diversitarianism.
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mbmontague commented on the word diversitarianism
The sentence in which this word appeared is as follows: "One of the basic tenets of romanticism was a change in the prevailing mode of thought from uniformitarianism to diversitarianism" (from Richard A. Van Orman's The Explorers, page 149).
June 7, 2008