On Condorcet's “Sketch”

@article{Baker2004OnC,
  title={On Condorcet's “Sketch”},
  author={Keith Michael Baker},
  journal={Daedalus},
  year={2004},
  volume={133},
  pages={56-64}
}
  • K. Baker
  • Published 1 July 2004
  • Art
  • Daedalus
Dædalus Summer 2004 Marie-Jean-Antoine Nicolas Caritat de Condorcet’s Sketch for a Historical Picture of the Progress of the Human Mind– perhaps the most influential formulation of the idea of progress ever written –was 1⁄2rst published in 1795, a year after its author’s death. Conceived as an introduction to a much more comprehensive work, Condorcet’s essay, hastily written while he was in hiding from his Jacobin enemies, was in part an ironic by-product of the author’s political defeat. In… 

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