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Exploring the natural scientific foundations of far-reaching social ideologies

The nineteenth century produced scientific and cultural revolutions that forever transformed modern European life. Although these critical developments are often studied independently, Richard G. Olson's Science and Scientism in Nineteenth-Century Europe provides an integrated account of the history of science and its impact on intellectual and social trends of the day. Focusing on the natural scientific foundations underlying liberalism, socialism, positivism, communism, and social Darwinism, Olson explores how these movements employed science to clarify their own understanding of Enlightenment ideals, as well as their understanding of progress, religion, industry, imperialism, and racism. Starting with the impact of the French Revolution on scientific thought, Olson engages with key texts from J. B. Say, Henri Saint-Simon, Kant, Goethe, Darwin, Walter Bagehot, and Edward Bellamy to demonstrate the complex set of forces that shaped nineteenth-century thinking.

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ISBN:
9780252074332
Author:
Olson, Richard G.
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Author:
Olson, Richard
Subject:
History
Subject:
Europe - General
Subject:
Philosophy & Social Aspects
Subject:
Science
Subject:
Science and civilization
Subject:
Europe Intellectual life 19th century.
Subject:
History of Science-General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20071231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9 x 6.13 in

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