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A Republican Natural History in Spain around 1900 : Odón de Buen (1863-1945) and his Audiences
Nieto Galan, Agustí (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Centre d’Estudis d’Història de les Ciències (CEHIC))

Data: 2012
Resum: This paper discusses the political dimension of Odón de Buen’s (1863–1945) expository practices—teaching and popularizing—as a university professor of natural history in Barcelona and later in Madrid at the turn of the nineteenth century. De Buen appropriated Ernst Haeckel’s ideas on evolution in order to promote an ambitious political agenda, based on republican, freethinking, anticlerical values. To that end, he moved beyond the confines of academic science within the university and sought to bring modern concepts of natural history into elementary schools, athenaeums, political clubs and associations, scientific trips, popular books, periodicals, and the daily press. In such places, de Buen’s natural history acted as an intellectual weapon with which to confront the conservative monarchic attitudes of the Spanish Restoration, but it also provided a moral backing to a society, which felt backward in terms of science and technology and was desperately seeking new sources of inspiration and national pride.
Drets: Tots els drets reservats.
Llengua: Anglès
Document: article ; recerca ; publishedVersion
Matèria: Història Natural ; Popularització de la ciència ; Ciència i religió ; Espanya ; Natural history ; Buen, Odón de, 1863-1945 ; Haeckel, Ernst Heinrich Philipp August ; Science popularization ; Expository science ; Science and religion ; Spain ; Republican science ; Darwinism
Publicat a: Historical studies in the natural sciences, Vol. 42, Num. 3 (2012) , p. 159-189, ISSN 1939-182X

DOI: 10.1525/hsns.2012.42.3.159

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