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State of Nature, Stages of Society

Enlightenment Conjectural History and Modern Social Discourse

State of Nature, Stages of Society by Frank Palmeri
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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 of political economists (Malthus, Martineau, Mill, Marx), anthropologists, sociologists (Comte, Spencer), and sociologists of religion (Weber, Durkheim, Freud), and its speculative framework creates a surprising ambivalence toward modernity in these disciplines.
Columbia University Press; March 2016
384 pages; ISBN 9780231541282
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Title: State of Nature, Stages of Society
Author: Frank Palmeri
 
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0231541287
9780231175166
9780231541282