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Conclusion: Social Science and Liberalism

  • Brian William Head
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Part of the Archives Internationales D’Histoire Des Idees/International Archives of the History of Ideas book series (ARCH, volume 112)

Abstract

In these concluding remarks, I offer not a summary of the preceding chapters, but some brief reflections on the significance of the theory of idéologie in Tracy’s social and political theory, with particular reference to his conception of scientific certainty and to the nature of his liberalism.

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Notes

  1. 1.
    K. Thomas, Religion and the decline of magic (London, 1971), p. 324.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    For a full bibliography of works relevant to the present study of Tracy’s thought, see E. Kennedy, A philosophe in the age of revolution (Philadelphia, 1978 ) and B.W. Head, The political and philosophical thought of Destutt de Tracy (Ph. D. dissertation, London School of Economics, 1979 ).Google Scholar

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