State of Nature, Stages of Society: Enlightenment Conjectural History and Modern Social Discourse

State of Nature, Stages of Society: Enlightenment Conjectural History and Modern Social Discourse

by Frank Palmeri

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231175166
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 03/29/2016
Series: Columbia Studies in Political Thought / Political History Series
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Frank Palmeri is a professor of English at the University of Miami. He is the author of Satire in Narrative: Petronius, Swift, Gibbon, Melville, Pynchon (1990) and Satire, History, Novel: Narrative Forms, 1665-1815 (2003), and the editor of Humans and Other Animals in Eighteenth-Century British Culture: Representation, Hybridity, Ethics (2006).

Table of Contents

Foreword, by Dick Howard
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Conjectural History, the Form, and Its Afterlife
1. Conjectural History: The Enlightenment Form
2. Political Economy and the Question of Progress
3. Comte, Spencer, and the Science of Society
4. The Origins of Culture and of Anthropology
5. Darwin, Nietzsche, and the Prehistory of the Human
6. The Social Psychology of Religion
7. Novels as Conjectural Histories
Conclusion: Conjecturalism Now
Appendix 1. Enlightenment Conjectural Histories
Appendix 2. Hegel, History, and Conjecture
Appendix 3. Were Conjectural Histories Racist?
Notes
Index

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