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Martineau, Harriet (1802–76)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-DC052-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Article Summary

Harriet Martineau has been called the first woman sociologist and the first woman journalist in England, both better claims on the attention of posterity than her mostly derivative philosophical writings. Yet she is a revealing – and was in her own time widely influential – instance of the survival of eighteenth-century determinism and materialism. Although she eventually rejected the Unitarianism in which she had been brought up, the Necessarian philosophy she drew from it merged easily into her mature positivism. Her abridged translation (1853) of the Cours de philosophie positive was the first introduction of this seminal work by Auguste Comte to English-speaking readers.

Citing this article:
Webb, R.K.. Martineau, Harriet (1802–76), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-DC052-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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