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"State of Nature, Stages of Society"Enlightenment Conjectural History and Modern Social Discourse$
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Frank Palmeri

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231175166

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231175166.001.0001

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Conjectural History, the Form and Its Afterlife

Conjectural History, the Form and Its Afterlife

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction Conjectural History, the Form and Its Afterlife
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"State of Nature, Stages of Society"
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Frank Palmeri

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231175166.003.0001

Faced with the absence of documents and rejecting the biblical account of early human history, Enlightenment conjectural historians sought to provide a plausible narrative based on speculation and inference.

Keywords:   origins, stages, biblical, providential, Rousseau, Adam Smith

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