The Legacy of Positivism

  • Authors
  • Michael Singer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. The Positivism of Auguste Comte

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Michael Singer
      Pages 3-18
    3. Michael Singer
      Pages 19-31
    4. Michael Singer
      Pages 32-47
  3. The Development of Positivism through Mill and Littré

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 49-49
    2. Michael Singer
      Pages 51-71
    3. Michael Singer
      Pages 72-83
    4. Michael Singer
      Pages 84-110
  4. The Legacy of Positivism in Law

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Michael Singer
      Pages 128-142
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 143-193

About this book


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.


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