Three Tenets of Thought in Latin America

Latin American adoption of European philosophy conquered barriers between European and Latin identities rationalizing a type of acceptable colonization through the use of Positivism. While Latin America leaders pushed this philosophy throughout Latin America with the best of intentions achieving great triumphs and social reform, I believe there was also some intentional means for control and a desire for Latin American leaders to become elitist, bringing about desired influence and respect from world powers of the time. I will discuss how I came to this belief first by breaking down positivism and its creator and second by examining key components of Positivism in Latin America. To keep things clear I will be taking an anti-positivist approach to this evaluation.
Auguste Comte (1798-1857) is the father of Positivity, this French philosopher who also established his elitist desire through the implementation of his failed church named “Religion of Humanity” stated quote, “Society as a whole, and each particular science develops through three mentally conceived stages” (Law of three stages). The first stage is the Theological stage and consists of three subcategories fetishism, polytheism, and monotheism all of which involve some type of understanding of the world through the worship and belief of multiple or single gods, the heavens, and through inanimate objects. The second stage metaphysical has to do with the belief of an impersonal theoretical explanation of the world. this stage can be better understood by believing in a reality that goes beyond human understanding when evaluated by the five available senses. The final stage and most desirable is the positivity stage, this is a strictly scientific stage and refers to the scientific explanation for any type of analysis. This insinuates a purely intellectual way of looking at the world drawing conclusions based on data and facts.