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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

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(p.27) 1 Conjectural History: The Enlightenment Form
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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/9780231175166.003.0002

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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