The pathology of faith
Title: The pathology of faith
Author: NUNO-SILVA, Sebastiao
Series/Number: EUI MWP; 2014/15
Portuguese republican ideology gained strength during the last decades of the nineteenth century. The medical community played a decisive role in the definition of this ideology. The republican medical community’s main concern was to treat the country as a doctor treats a patient, using the language of science to align Portugal with the last stage of human development, as defined by August Comte or Herbert Spencer. This article focuses on the development of a medical discourse that supported the anti-religious actions of the first Portuguese republican governments.
Subject: Republicanism; Psychiatry; Mystics; Portugal; Medical community
Type of Access: openAccess; openAccess