Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) was a well-known figure in European society during the 18th and 19th centuries. His work concerned topics ranging from botany and political economy to geography or geology, thus reflecting the scientific and philosophical evolution of knowledge during the Enlightenment and the Romantic period. Many of his publications still generate some controversy in a way that has been interpreted as a clear example of what is sometimes called the indirect control of power by the bourgeoisie. In a historical moment in which the aristocratic-feudal power was still exerting its control over Europe, Humboldt's work can be seen as a revolutionary attempt to awaken a new class consciousness through scientific and geographical knowledge. Following Humboldt's steps, as well as his strategies, can help us to better understand the role science and philosophy play in forming a critical discourse.
|Journal||Documents d'Analisi Geografica|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2013|
- Alexander von Humboldt
- History of geographical thought