By G. Matthew Adkins

This publication lines the advance of the concept that the sciences have been morally enlightening via an highbrow background of the secrétaires perpétuels of the French Royal Academy of Sciences and their affiliates from the mid-seventeenth century to the top of the eighteenth century. Academy secretaries similar to Fontenelle and Condorcet have been serious to the emergence of a primary characteristic of the narrative of the Enlightenment in that they inspired the thought that the “philosophical spirit” of the clinical Revolution, already current one of the proficient sessions, may still consultant the mandatory reformation of society and executive based on the beliefs of medical reasoning. The concept of the Sciences additionally tells an highbrow historical past of political radicalization, explaining specially how the marquis de Condorcet got here to think that the sciences may play principal a job in guiding the result of the Revolution of 1789.

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