- Hardcover: 160 pages
- Publisher: Penn State University Press; 1 edition (May 9, 2012)
- Language: English
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Condorcet: Writings on the United States 1st Edition
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“The volume is a vital, genuinely original contribution to the literature on Condorcet's political thought—and how he applied his general views on republicanism and constitutionalism to the case of the United States—as well as on early European responses to American constitutional development.”
—Eileen Botting, University of Notre Dame
“This excellent book offers easy access to the thinking of an important French philosophe, Condorcet, on the early days of the United States. With this collection, the reader can better understand how the American Revolution was viewed in Europe in the eighteenth century; how Franklin came to represent the perfect universal philosophe while remaining distinctively American; and how critical analyses of the American Constitution could have partly shaped some of the principles in its various French counterparts.”
—Laurence Mall, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
“The marquis de Condorcet is one of those highly influential political thinkers whose work has too often, over time, been winnowed down to just one work, his famous outline on the progress of the human spirit. In that sense, just calling attention to a body of his other writings is a useful service. Guillaume Ansart has happily brought to light here a number of Condorcet's writings on the implications of the American experience that have heretofore been difficult or impossible to find in English. An informative introduction and extensive notes situate the texts most helpfully in relation to other writings of the period, notably the widely read History of the East and West Indies.”
—Philip Stewart, Duke University
“Scholars and aficianados of the early national period of U.S. history who have been fascinated by the commentaries of Crèvecoeur’s Letters from an American Farmer . . . and de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America should take note of Guillame Ansart’s addition to this significant genre of interpretations of the American Revolution and the subsequent fledgling republic. Condorcet: Writings on the United States adds another significant dimension to the discussion, despite the fact that this ‘last’ of the philosophes never visited the New World. . . . We should all thank Guillaume Ansart for compiling this anthology.”
—Thomas C. Sosnowski, H-France Review
About the Author
Guillaume Ansart is Associate Professor of French Literature at Indiana University, Bloomington.