Sur l'utilité des académies, 1785


Date: 1785 | Size: 1 Volumes, 1 volume, 13 p.


It is suggested that this manuscript draft "was written for the court of Charles III of Spain and for the plan of a Madrid academy of sciences. In his text, Condorcet tries to sell the idea of a scientific academy and all its advantages, and he treats questions of academic structure and organization at length. Also, what is most important, Condorcet makes the argument for the academy as an independent center of a professional scientific career" (McClellan 1977:241). Contains also an extract from the [minutes?] of the academie des sciences, May 12, 1785, consisting of a report of committee on this article.

Background note

Mathematician Concorcet served as secretary of the Académie des Sciences in France.

Collection Information

Physical description

1 voume, 13 p.


Purchased from an unknown source and accessioned, 1958 (1958 1365ms).


This item was printed with an introduction by James E. McClellan in "Un Manuscrit inédit de Condorcet..." Revue d'histoire des sciences 30/3 (1977):241-253.

Early American History Note

This manuscript collection falls outside the geographic scope of the Early American guide (British North America and the United States before 1840). It may be of interest to scholars interested in global history, international relations, imperialism, or the U.S. in the world.

Indexing Terms


  • Drafts (preliminary versions).


  • Beyond Early America
  • Learned institutions and societies -- Spain.
  • Learned institutions and societies.
  • Science -- Spain -- Societies, etc.