Naturalism and Civilization (1927-1947)

Cogent Arts and Humanities 11 (1):1-15 (2024)
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This paper analyzes the specific shift in the meaning of “civilization” that took place in texts and documents of early American philosophical naturalism. Particularly, it will focus on the specific role that naturalization plays in the edification of a newly secularized, science-oriented, and democratic society, as well as of a naturalized conception of culture and civilization. Indeed, as the work of many philosophers and intellectuals of the Forties highlights, naturalism represents not only the banner of a new idea of civilization, but at the same time becomes the symbol of a powerful postwar ideology.

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Antonio M. Nunziante
University of Padua


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