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Positivism and imagination : scientism and its limits in Emile Hennequin, Wilhelm Scherer, and Dmitrii Pisarev

Author: Catherine LeGouis
Publisher: Lewisburg : Bucknell University Press ; London : Associated University Presses, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this book, Catherine LeGouis examines the work of three nineteenth-century positivist critics, each of whom struggled to overcome the contradictions of attempting to separate esthetic, psychological, and sociological concerns from individual subjectivity. These positivists - staunch believers in the authority of scientific reason inspired by Auguste Comte, J.S. Mill, and Hippolyte Taine - attempted to turn
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Emile Hennequin; Wilhelm Scherer; D I Pisarev; Emile Hennequin; Wilhelm Scherer; D I Pisarev; Emile Hennequin; D I Pisarev; Wilhelm Scherer
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Catherine LeGouis
ISBN: 083875323X 9780838753231
OCLC Number: 34663244
Description: 269 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. The Context of Positivism in France, Germany, and Russia --
2. Hennequin and the Science of Art --
3. Pisarev and the Rejection of Esthetics --
4. Scherer and the Danger of Overlooking Esthetics --
5. Psychological Analysis and Synthesis --
6. Psychology and National Character --
7. The Psychology of the Literary Type --
8. The Social Context of Literature --
9. The Problem of Methodology --
10. Scientism and Political Agendas.
Responsibility: Catherine LeGouis.

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