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The Worlds of Positivism

A Global Intellectual History, 1770–1930

Editors: Feichtinger, Johannes, Fillafer, Franz L., Surman, Jan (Eds.)

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  • Presents the first global history of positivism
  • Explores the relationship between natural sciences and the humanities, science and religion, and universalism and cultural diversity on a global scale through Positivism’s culture of enquiry
  • Provides a geneaology of scientific governance, with important social and ethical implications for today
  • Appeals to scholars of intellectual history, global history, transnational history, sociology, and philosophy
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This book is the first to trace the origins and significance of positivism on a global scale. Taking their cues from Auguste Comte and John Stuart Mill, positivists pioneered a universal, experience-based culture of scientific inquiry for studying nature and society—a new science that would enlighten all of humankind. Positivists envisaged one world united by science, but their efforts spawned many. Uncovering these worlds of positivism, the volume ranges from India, the Ottoman Empire, and the Iberian Peninsula to Central Europe, Russia, and Brazil, examining positivism’s impact as one of the most far-reaching intellectual movements of the modern world. Positivists reinvented science, claiming it to be distinct from and superior to the humanities. They predicated political governance on their refashioned science of society, and as political activists, they sought and often failed to reconcile their universalism with the values of multiculturalism. Providing a genealogy of scientific governance that is sorely needed in an age of post-truth politics, this volume breaks new ground in the fields of intellectual and global history, the history of science, and philosophy.

About the authors

Johannes Feichtinger is Senior Research Associate at the Austrian Academy of Sciences and Visiting Professor for modern history and the philosophy of science at the University of Vienna, Austria.
Franz L. Fillafer is Lecturer in modern and contemporary history at the University of Konstanz, Germany.
Jan Surman is Visiting Scholar at the Max Web Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies, University of Erfurt, Germany.

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“This long-overdue collection represents the single best volume on positivism's remarkable influence throughout the world. The authors have done a stunning job of research and analysis. Every page brims with surprising revelations. I can't recommend this work highly enough.” (Mary Pickering, San José University, USA, author of Auguste Comte: An Intellectual Biography)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • Introduction: Particularizing Positivism

    Pages 1-27

    Fillafer, Franz L. (et al.)

  • Striking a Chord: The Reception of Comte’s Positivism in Colonial India

    Pages 31-51

    Forbes, Geraldine

  • Positivism, Revolution, and History in Brazil

    Pages 53-80

    Palti, Elías José

  • Positivism in the Late Ottoman Empire: The “Young Turks” as Mediators and Multipliers

    Pages 81-108

    Özervarlı, M. Sait

  • An Enlightened Path to Positivism? Reflections on the Institutionalization of Science in Bourbon Spain

    Pages 111-135

    Fernández-Santos Ortiz-Iribas, Jorge (et al.)

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eBook $84.99
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Hardcover $109.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-65761-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Softcover $109.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-88099-0
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Worlds of Positivism
Book Subtitle
A Global Intellectual History, 1770–1930
Editors
  • Johannes Feichtinger
  • Franz L. Fillafer
  • Jan Surman
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-65762-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-65762-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-65761-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-88099-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 367
Number of Illustrations
5 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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