Conjecturing a New World in Condorcet’s Esquisse d’un tableau historique des progrès de l’esprit humain

@article{Roman2014ConjecturingAN,
  title={Conjecturing a New World in Condorcet’s Esquisse d’un tableau historique des progr{\`e}s de l’esprit humain},
  author={Hanna Roman},
  journal={MLN},
  year={2014},
  volume={129},
  pages={780 - 795}
}
When put in the context of his well-known mathematical works, the Marquis de Condorcet’s Esquisse d’un tableau historique des progrès de l’esprit humain (published in 1795) seems at first out of place. Why did he write this deeply lyrical, and very conjectural, text? This question give us a perfect entry into an exploration of the meaning of Condorcet’s idiosyncratic idea of conjecture, and the moral, social, and political work he envisioned it could do. Condorcet composed the Esquisse over the… 
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