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  • n. One who maintains that all members of the human race belong to a single species.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who maintains that the human races are all of one species; -- opposed to polygenist.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who maintains the doctrine of monogenesis in any form.
  • n. One who believes in the doctrine of monogenism.
  • Of or pertaining to monogenesis or monogenism: as, a monogenist theory.


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  • His orthodox Christian background initially imbued him with a strong monogenist commitment, but upon visiting America and seeing an African American for the first time, Agassiz experienced a type of conversion experience, which led him to question whether these remarkably different people could share the same blood as Europeans.


  • In final support of his more scientific, monogenist approach, Blumenbach posited the internal, biological force which generated racial difference, the “nisus formativus,” which when triggered by specific environmental stimuli generated the variations found within the varieties of humans


  • But neither in Leibniz 'time nor in Müller's nor in ours has any great success been achieved in working out the monogenist view in any detail.

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • The tendencies of natural science at present, as we have said above, are strongly toward the monogenist view.

    Outline of Universal History

  • The present tendencies of natural science, especially since Darwin, are favorable to the monogenist view.

    Outline of Universal History

  • Science, if it has no decided verdict to render, does not stand in conflict with the monogenist doctrine, which has generally been understood to be the teaching of the Scriptures.

    Outline of Universal History

  • -- Zoölogists, from the point of view of their own science, now more generally favor the _monogenist_ doctrine, which traces mankind to a single pair, than the polygenist, which assumed different centers of origin.

    Outline of Universal History

  • The monogenist argument relied heavily on Biblical genealogy, particularly that of Noah and his three sons-Ham, Shem, and Japheth. what's new online!

  • While cautious philologists are slow in admitting distinct affinities between the generic families of speech, -- as the Semitic and Indo-European, -- which would be indicative of a common origin, they agree in the judgment, that, on account of the mutability of language, especially when unwritten, and while in its earlier stages, no conclusion adverse to the monogenist doctrine can be drawn from the diversities of speech now existing, or that are known to have existed at any past time.

    Outline of Universal History

  • “polygenist” view and the “monogenist” view can claim compatibility with the Babel story.

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas


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