By David Williams
David Williams explores the complicated hyperlinks among Condorcet as visionary ideologist and pragmatic legislator, and among his thought of modernity and the administration of swap. The Marquis de Condorcet was once one of many few Enlightenment thinkers to witness and perform the French Revolution. in accordance with an intensive array of revealed and unique manuscript assets, Williams' research of Condorcet's politics should be an important contribution to Enlightenment reports.
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See the Fragment de justification (i: 591). Cf. Robinet Condorcet, pp. 165–9. 79 In constitutional matters, as in other areas, Condorcet was a gradualist, always as much concerned with the practicalities involved in the implementation of change as with the ideological justification for it. 80 The 210 articles of the 1791 constitution were ratified by Louis XVI on 13 September 1791, establishing constitutional monarchy, indirect representative democracy, the separation of powers, and a property franchise.
26 Condorcet and Modernity The May 1788 edicts, drafted by Malesherbes,53 failed as public opinion swung to the cause of the parlementaires, and pressure to convene the Estates-General became irresistible. 54 Brienne’s proposals to resolve the growing financial crisis, some of which had already been made by Calonne,55 included projets on which Condorcet had worked in the Turgot years, such as the abolition of the corv´ees, free trade in grain, removal of tax privileges and anti-parlementaire judicial reform.
And R. Badinter cite a nineteenth-century source for this gem of information, Condorcet, p. 281. Baker, Condorcet, p. 267. Baker prefers, more persuasively, to take the view that any changes in Condorcet’s mind brought about by the 14 July insurrection, on the suffrage for example, was the result of a ‘gradual evolution rather than any sudden conversion’ (p. 267). Robinet draws attention to the fact that Condorcet was not elected immediately to the Assembl´ee constituante, in contrast to mediocrities such as Pluvinet, Levacher de La Torini`ere and Garnier, Condorcet, pp.
Condorcet and Modernity by David Williams