This book gives a unique historical and interpretative analysis of a widely pervasive mode of modern thought that it describes as the legacy of positivism. Viewing Auguste Comte as a pivotal figure, it charts the historical origins of his positivism and describes his development of the idea of a positive science encompassing the range from the physical to the social and moral sciences. It shows how Comte's philosophy linked to his proposals for social reorganization, how these proposals influenced the later development of positivism through John Stuart Mill and Émile Littré, and how the ideas that Littré set down sharply diverged from Comte's but nonetheless have developed into the legacy of positivism. It also demonstrates that epistemological shifts in positivism influenced parallel developments in the human and legal sciences, and thereby treats legal positivism and positivism as it is understood in the human sciences within a common framework.
Palgrave Macmillan; September 2005
- ISBN 9780230288522
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- Title: The Legacy of Positivism
- Author: Singer, Michael, Dr
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
In The Press
'This work is a unique work of scholarship which merits high praise and acclaim in its field.' - Larry Ridener, Associate Professor of Sociology, Chair of the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, Pfeiffer University, USA
About The Author
MICHAEL SINGER holds degrees in mathematics (M.A., Cambridge University, and Ph.D., London University) and law (J.D., Stanford University). He has been a member of university faculties and published extensively in both mathematics and law. Since 1999 he has been a Senior Research Fellow at the School of Law, King's College London.