just deserts


Monboddo’s ideas were subject to a good deal of ridicule at the time, less because of his views on the orangutan than because of his parallel belief in the existence of tailed men. Rousseau, however, was one of the most influential and widely read philosophers of his day, and his speculative pronouncement on orangutans drew much attention, scholarly and popular critical support.


R.Cribb, H. Gilbert & H. Tiffin, Wild Man From Borneo:  A Cultural History of The Orangutang,


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