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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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Political Economy and the Question of Progress

Political Economy and the Question of Progress

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(p.59) 2 Political Economy and the Question of Progress
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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/9780231175166.003.0003

Political economy. Malthus accuses Condorcet of being utopian, but he uses conjectural history to support his own theory; later, Mill and Marx oppose Malthus, but also rely on and revise conjecturalist thought--Mill to imagine society eventually reaching a steady state with no need for further progress, Marx to produce his multiple histories of social development by stages, leading, like Mill, to a utopian steady state in the future.

Keywords:   political economy, population, capitalism, socialism, Marx, Mill, Malthus

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