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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 Enlightenment Form

Conjectural History: The Enlightenment Form

(p.27) 1 Conjectural History: The Enlightenment Form
"State of Nature, Stages of Society"

Frank Palmeri

Columbia University Press

Enlightenment conjectural history. Written by Scottish, French, and German thinkers from Mandeville in 1729, to Condorcet in 1795, Enlightenment conjectural histories adopt a speculative, naturalistic, non-contractual narrative explanation of early social forms or significant transitions that usually falls into stages and reveals the unintended consequences of human actions.

Keywords:   Enlightenment, stages, natural law, transitions, discursive form, genre, contract, Mandeville, Condorcet, Hume, Ferguson, Herder, Kant

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