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Published: 01 May 2016

272 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9781781382561

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Positivism, Science and 'The Scientists' in Porfirian Mexico

The Philosophy of Herbert Spencer in the Historiography of Mexico

Natalia Priego

Liverpool University Press

Liverpool Latin American Studies LUP

  • This book on the Mexican intellectuals of the Porfiriato dubbed 'the scientists' is essential reading for scholars of positivism elsewhere in Latin America, notably Brazil and Argentina.
  • Unlike previous discussions of positivism in Latin America, this book embraces a detailed analysis of the original works of Herbert Spencer, as a necessary preamble to the discussion of the validity - or otherwise - of the argument of Leopoldo Zea that 'the scientists' were Spencerian positivists.
  • This book interprets the political and philosophical ideas and activities of the Mexican 'scientists' not as 'heroes' or 'villains' but as men of their time struggling to appropriate European philosophical advances into their quest to modernise Mexico.