On the Material and Immaterial Architecture of Organised Positivism in Britain

  title={On the Material and Immaterial Architecture of Organised Positivism in Britain},
  author={Matthew Wilson},
  journal={Architectural Histories},
  • Matthew Wilson
  • Published 23 September 2015
  • Sociology
  • Architectural Histories
Positivism captured the Victorian imagination. Curiously, however, no work has focused on the architectural history and theory of Positivist halls in Britain. Scholars present these spaces of organised Positivism as being the same in thought and action throughout their existence, from the 1850s to the 1940s. Yet the British Positivists’ inherently different views of the work of their leader, the French philosopher Auguste Comte (1798–1857), caused such friction between them that a great schism… 
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