Science and Sovereignty

Author: Rodrigo Fernós

ISBN 978-1-951985-82-0 (softcover); 978-1-951985-83-7 (eBook)

378 pages

This book explores the impact of modern science on Western notions of sovereignty and its extension and interpretation within the Hispanic world. While the Scientific Revolution richly contributed to innovations in political theory, influencing thinkers as Montesquieu, Locke, and Hobbes, the diffusion of these ideas to Puerto Rico would be held back by  monarchical Spanish colonialism for nearly two centuries. The historical gap was of such an extent, that when modern science finally did arrive during the nineteenth century, its adoption and impact would be negligible. The changing political circumstances of the twentieth century, and the new world of corporate technology would also drastically impact its modern implementation on the tropical island.


Rodrigo Fernós Ph.D. teaches at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedas. Some of his books include: Biology and Ethics (2018), Medicine and International Relations in the Caribbean (2006), and Science Still Born: The Rise and Impact of the Pan American Scientific Congresses, 1898-1916 (2003). He specializes in the relationship between metropolitan and colonial science.

Type: books

Vendor: Rodrigo Fernos

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