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Condorcet: Communication/Science/Democracy

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Condorcet's consistent critique of racist ideas and his anti-colonialism have attracted similar attention, while his project of a public insurance scheme one of the practical applications of his social mathematics is now appreciated as foreshadowing, in certain important respects, the idea of a welfare state. The fundamental turning points in history are revolutions in communication, that is, in the ways in which knowledge can be accumulated, distributed and transmitted though time and space. Condorcet actually operates with two irreconcilable concepts of morality and its evolution. On the one hand he identifies moral progress inevitably within the individualistic framework of his whole approach with the progression of the &t;moral constitution&t; of individuals; with the transformation of their motives, dispositions and sentiments making the inborn moral feeling ever more refined, conscious, elaborate and universal.

Keywords: communication; Condorcet; democracy; science



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