The Structure of the Legacy of Positivism

  • Michael Singer


In this chapter I shall identify some pervasive aspects of modern thought that, I argue, ultimately derive from positivism as Comte enunciated it and from the developments in positivism that Littré set down. These are what I define collectively as the legacy of positivism. I do not claim that the aspects of thought that I identify are the only long-term influences of positivism on modern thought, but I draw attention to those influences that are crucial to present-day philosophical and political debates. This will be the subject of the next and subsequent sections.


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