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State of nature, stages of society : enlightenment conjectural history and modern social discourse

Author: Frank Palmeri
Publisher: New York (N.Y.) : Columbia university press, cop. 2016.
Series: Columbia studies in political thought, political history
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Frank Palmeri sees the conjectural histories of Rousseau, Hume, Herder, and other Enlightenment philosophers as a template for the development of the social sciences in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Without documents or memorials, these thinkers, he argues, employed conjecture to formulate a naturalistic account of society's commercial and secular progression. This approach can be traced in the work  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Frank Palmeri
ISBN: 9780231175166 0231175167
OCLC Number: 993047884
Notes: Notes bibliogr. Index.
Description: 1 vol. (XII-370 p.) ; 24 cm.
Contents: Conjectural history : the Enlightenment form ; Political economy and the question of progress ; Comte, Spencer, and the science of society ; The origins of culture and of anthropology ; Darwin, Nietzsche, and the prehistory of the human ; The social psychology of religion ; Novels as conjectural histories ; Conclusion ; Appendix 1: Enlightenment conjectural histories ; Appendix 2: Hegel, history, and conjecture ; Appendix 3: Were conjectural histories racist?
Series Title: Columbia studies in political thought, political history
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