Nicolas de Caritat, marquis de Condorcet

Philosopher, Politician

1743 – 1794

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Who was Nicolas de Caritat, marquis de Condorcet?

Marie Jean Antoine Nicolas de Caritat, marquis de Condorcet, known as Nicolas de Condorcet, was a French philosopher, mathematician, and early political scientist whose Condorcet method in voting tally selects the candidate who would beat each of the other candidates in a run-off election. Unlike many of his contemporaries, he advocated a liberal economy, free and equal public education, constitutionalism, and equal rights for women and people of all races. His ideas and writings were said to embody the ideals of the Age of Enlightenment and rationalism, and remain influential to this day. He died a mysterious death in prison after a period of flight from French Revolutionary authorities.

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Born
Sep 17, 1743
Ribemont
Also known as
  • Nicolas de Condorcet
  • Marie Jean Antoine Nicolas de Caritat, Marquis de Condorcet
  • Marquis de Condorcet
Religion
  • Atheism
Nationality
  • France
Profession
Education
  • College of Navarre
Lived in
  • Picardy
Died
Mar 28, 1794
Bourg-la-Reine
Resting place
Panthéon, Paris

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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