This book gives a unique historical and interpretive analysis of a widely pervasive mode of 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 follows its later development through John Stuart Mill and Émile Littré. It shows how 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 UK; September 2005
- ISBN: 9780230288522
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- Title: The Legacy of Positivism
- Author: Michael Singer
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.