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Condorcet and Modernity

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  • Date Published: December 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521044646

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  • David Williams explores the complex links between Condorcet as visionary ideologist and pragmatic legislator, and between his concept of modernity and the management of change. The Marquis de Condorcet was one of the few Enlightenment thinkers to witness and participate in the French Revolution. Based on an extensive array of printed and original manuscript sources, Williams' analysis of Condorcet's politics will be a major contribution to Enlightenment studies.

    • A comprehensive study of a major enlightenment thinker and Revolutionary participant
    • Condorcet's intellectual legacy has grown - a major figure in the development of the social sciences
    • David Williams is one of the world's leading scholars of eighteenth-century France
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "A superb study of a thinker long neglected. Highly recommended." C.E. Butterworth, University of Maryland College Park, CHOICE

    "Williams's study is a solid and valuable one." History Review of New Books

    "Based on an extensive array of printed and original manuscript sources, William's analysis of Condorcet's politics is a major contribution to Enlightenment studies. The book is thoroughly documented, annotated, and includes an extensive bibliography of primary and secondary sources." - Andrzej Dziedzic, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh

    "A great virtue of David William's account of Condorcet is that he brings clearly into focus both hsi free-trade economic theories and his political thought (including his relationship with Thomas Jefferson and other American founding fathers). These aspects have in the past often been dealth with in isolation." - Jonathan israel, Institute for Advanced Study The Historian

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521044646
    • length: 320 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.484kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    References and abbreviations
    1. Profile of a political life
    2. Human nature and human rights
    3. The civil order
    4. Managing enlightenment
    5. Reform and the moral order
    6. New constructions of equality
    7. Justice and the law
    8. Representative government
    9. The economic order
    10. Managing the Revolution
    Conclusion: the human odyssey
    Name index
    Subject index.

  • Author

    David Williams, University of Sheffield
    David Williams is Emeritus Professor of French in the University of Sheffield. A leading scholar of enlightenment France, in 1999 he was made Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques by the French government.

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