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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

(p.59) 2 Political Economy and the Question of Progress
"State of Nature, Stages of Society"

Frank Palmeri

Columbia University Press

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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