Outlines of an historical view of the progress of the human mind
Condorcet wrote this while in prison awaiting execution by the Jacobins. It is an optimistic view of the progress the human race will undergo when political and economic liberty are gradually introduced.
Outlines of an historical view of the progress of the human mind, being a posthumous work of the late M. de Condorcet. (Translated from the French.) (Philadelphia: M. Carey, 1796).
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Table of Contents
- OUTLINES OF AN HISTORICAL VIEW, c.
- FIRST EPOCH. Men united into Hordes.
- SECOND EPOCH. Pastoral State of Mankind.—Transition from that to the Agricultural State.
- THIRD EPOCH. Progress of Mankind from the Agricultural State to the Invention of Alphabetical Writing.
- FOURTH EPOCH. Progress of the Human Mind in Greece, till the Division of the Sciences about the Age of Alexander.
- FIFTH EPOCH. Progress of the Sciences, from their Division to their Decline.
- SIXTH EPOCH. Decline of Learning, to its Restoration about the Period of the Crusades.
- SEVENTH EPOCH. From the first Progress of the Sciences about the Period of their Revival in the West, to the Invention of the Art of Printing.
- EIGHTH EPOCH. From the Invention of Printing, to the Period when the Sciences and Philosophy threw off the Yoke of Authority.
- NINTH EPOCH. From the Time of Descartes, to the Formation of the French Republic.
- TENTH EPOCH. Future Progress of Mankind.