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Author Palmeri, Frank, author.

Title State of nature, stages of society : enlightenment conjectural history and modern social discourse / Frank Palmeri.

Published New York : Columbia University Press, 2016.


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Physical description 1 online resource.
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Series Columbia Studies in Political Thought, Political History.
Books at JSTOR All Purchased.
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?
Summary 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 19th and early 20th centuries. Without documents or memorials, these thinkers employed conjecture to formulate a naturalistic account of society's commercial and secular progression. This approach informs the work of political economists, anthropologists, sociologists, and sociologists of religion, and its speculative framework creats a surprising ambivalence toward modernity.
Other author JSTOR, issuing body.
Subject History -- Philosophy.
Social history -- Philosophy.
Progress -- Philosophy.
Commerce -- Philosophy.
Religion and sociology -- Philosophy.
Prediction (Logic)
Imaginary histories.
Social sciences -- History.
Social sciences -- Philosophy.
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9780231541282