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The Best of the OLL No. 52: Condorcet, “Tenth Epoch. Future Progress of Mankind” (1794)

This is part of “The Best of the Online Library of Liberty” which is a collection of some of the most important material in the OLL. A thematic list with links to HTML versions of the texts is available [here](/pages/best-of-the-oll). Condorcet wrote this optimistic vision of a future, free, and prosperous society while he was in prison awaiting execution. The tenth and final epoch is where Condorcet tells us what he thinks will be the future of mankind once the principles of individual liberty, free scientific inquiry, and free markets become more widespread.