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Pickering, Mary B.

Professor,  History

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mary.pickering@sjsu.edu
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(408) 924-5516

Office Hours
On Leave, 2014-15

EDUCATION

Ph.D., Harvard University, History, June 1988

Dissertation: "Auguste Comte: His Life and Works (1798-1842)" Advisor: Professor Donald Fleming

Diplôme d'Etudes Approfondies (French equivalent to A.B.D.), Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Cycle Supérieur d'Histoire du XXe Siècle, December 1984

Dissertation: "Auguste Comte et John Stuart Mill: L'Histoire d'une rencontre" Advisor: Professor René Rémond.

A.M., Harvard University, History, June 1976

A.B., Harvard University, History, June 1975

PUBLICATIONS

BOOKS

Auguste Comte: An Intellectual Biography. 3 Volumes Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993-2009.

ARTICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS

"Saint-Simon, Claude Henri (1760-1825)." Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, 2d edition, edited by George Ritzer. Blackwell Publishing, 2015. Blackwell Reference Online.

“Auguste Comte.” The Philosophers’ Magazine. No 59 (2012): 62-64.

“Le positivisme philosophique: Auguste Comte.” Revue interdisciplinaire d’études juridiques. No. 2011.67 (2011): 49-67.

“Auguste Comte.” In New Blackwell Companion to Major Social Theorists, edited by George Ritzer and Jeffrey Stepnisky. Oxford: Blackwell, 2011.

“Auguste Comte. Trente Ans de Découvertes.” Dogma (July 2010): 1-18. French online publication. http://www.dogma.lu

“Auguste Comte.” The Literary Encyclopedia, edited by Robert Clark. 2010. Online publication. http://www.litencyc.co

"Saint-Simon, Claude Henri (1760-1825)." In Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, edited by George Ritzer. Blackwell Publishing, 2007. Blackwell Reference Online. http://www.sociologyencyclopedia.com. It is republished in the Concise Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, edited by George Ritzer and J. Michael Ryan. Oxford: Blackwell, 2010.

Auguste Comte and the Académie des Sciences. Revue philosophique, 132 (2007): 437-50.

Introduction to Auguste Comte/Caroline Massin, Correspondance inédite: l’histoire de Caroline Massin, épouse d’Auguste Comte à travers leur correspondance. 5-41. Paris: L’Harmattan, 2006.

Comte In Routledge Encyclopedia of Social Theory, edited by Austin Harrington, Barbara Marshall, and Hans-Peter Müller. London: Routledge, 2006.

Auguste Comte. In Fifty Key Sociologists: The Formative Theorists, edited by John Scott. 21-25. London: Routledge, 2006.

Auguste Comte. In Encyclopedia of Europe 1789 1914, edited by Jay Winter and John Merriman. New York: Charles Scribner’s, 2006.

Comte and Positivism. In Edinburgh Dictionary of Continental Philosophers, edited by John Protevi. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2005.

L’Art de la mémoire dans le système positiviste. In Auguste Comte Aujourd’hui: Colloque de Cerisy (3-10 juillet 2001), edited by Michael Bourdeau, Jean-François Braunstein, Annie Petit. 223-239. Paris: Kimé, 2003.

Auguste Comte. In International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, edited by Neil J. Smelser and Paul B. Baltes. Oxford: Pergamon/Elsevier Science, 2001.

"Clotilde de Vaux and the Search for Identity." In The New Biography: Performing Femininity in Nineteenth-Century France, edited by Jo Burr Margadant. 137-170. Berkeley: UC Press, 2000.

"Auguste Comte." In Blackwell Companion to Major Social Theorists, edited by George Ritzer. 25-52. Oxford: Blackwell, 2000.

"Auguste Comte et la Question du Genre. In Auguste Comte et le positivisme, edited by Zeïneb Ben Cherni-Saïd. 169-185. Carthage, Tunisia: Académie Tunisienne des Sciences, des Lettres et des Arts ABeït Al-Hikma, 2000.

"Auguste Comte e a esfera pública de Haberma (Auguste Comte and the Public Sphere of Habermas). In O Positivismo: Teoria e prática, edited by Helgio Trindade. 59-69. Porto Alegre, Brazil: Editora da Universidade, 1999. This article was also published as Auguste Comte et la sphère publique de Jürgen Habermas, in Auguste Comte: Trajectoires Positivistes 1798-1998, edited by Annie Petit. 229-237. Paris: L’Harmattan, 2003.

Auguste Comte and the Revolution of 1848. Proceedings of the Consortium on Revolutionary Europe, 1750 1850, XXIX, (1999).

Comte. In A Companion to the Philosophers, edited by Robert L. Arrington. 193-195. Oxford: Blackwell, 1999.

"Auguste Comte and the Return to Primitivism." Revue Internationale de Philosophie 52 (1998): 51-77.

"A New Look at Auguste Comte." In Reclaiming the Sociological Classics, edited by Charles Camic. 11-44. Oxford: Blackwell, 1997.

"Rhetorical Strategies in the Works of Auguste Comte." Historical Reflections/ Réflexions Historiques 23 (Spring 1997): 151 75.

"Angels and Demons in the Moral Vision of Auguste Comte." Journal of Women's History 8 (Summer 1996): 10 40.

"Auguste Comte and the Saint-Simonians." French Historical Studies 18 (Spring 1993): 211-36.

"New Evidence of the Link between Comte and German Philosophy." Journal of the History of Ideas 50 (1989): 443-63.

BOOK REVIEWS

Review of Unruly Spirits: The Science of Psychic Phenomena in Modern France, by M. Brady Brower. American Historical Review 117 (June 2012): 943-44.

Review of Writing History in the Third Republic, by Isabel Noronha- DiVanna. American Historical Review 116 (2011): 881-82.

Review of Etudes saint-simoniennes, by Philippe Régnier. Nineteenth-Century French Studies 33 (Fall Winter 2004 2005): 187 90.

Review of Our Lady of Victorian Feminism: The Madonna in the Work of Anna Jameson, Margaret Fuller, and George Eliot, by Kimberly VanEsveld Adams. The European Legacy: Journal of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas 8 (2003): 679-80.

Review of The Eclectic Legacy: Academic Philosophy and the Human Sciences inNineteenth-Century France, by John I. Brooks III. The Journal of Modern History 72(2000): 537-39.

Review of Almost a Man of Genius: Clémence Rover. Feminism, and Nineteenth Century Science, by Joy Harvey. American Historical Review 104 (1999): 251 52.

Review of Philosophie des sciences, by Auguste Comte and edited by Juliette Grange, and La Philosophie d’Auguste Comte: Science. politique. religion, by Juliette Grange. Isis 88 (June 1997): 345 46.

Review of The Noble Philosopher: Condorcet and the Enlightenment, by Edward Goodell. International Studies in Philosophy 29 (1997): 127 29.

Review of Comte after Positivism, by Robert C. Scharff. Isis 87 (September 1996): 580 81.

Review of The Correspondence of John Stuart Mill and Auguste Comte, translated and edited by Oscar Haac, and Positivist Republic: Auguste Comte and the Reconstruction of American Liberalism. 1865 1920, by Gillis J. Harp. Contemporary Sociology 25 (1996): 133 35.

WORKS IN PROGRESS

Auguste Comte: The Birth of Positivism, edited by Michel Bourdeau, Warren Schmaus, and Mary Pickering.

Food and War, 1870-1945.

PAPERS, PRESENTATIONS, AND RADIO INTERVIEWS

Auguste Comte: An Intellectual Life,” radio interview with Phillip Adams, “Late Night Live,” Australian Broadcasting Corporation Radio National, February 12, 2013.

"The Curious Nature of Auguste Comte's Appeal to British Women,” Conference on French and British Postivism, Maison d’Auguste Comte and Maison Française, Oxford University, March 4, 2011.

“Auguste Comte: An Intellectual Biography,” presentation for the University Scholars Series, San Jose State University, November 17, 2010.

“The Life and Ideas of Auguste Comte,” presentation for “Classes Without Quizzes,” San Jose State University, September 25, 2010.

“Auguste Comte et La Culture Visuelle,” Le Positivisme dans le Siècle,” Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris, January 15, 2010.

“Auguste Comte: Trente Ans de Découvertes,” Maison d’Auguste Comte, Paris, January 14, 2010.

“Auguste Comte: Positivism, Politics, and the Religion of Humanity,” Sixty-Minute Lecture to the Philosophy, Sociology, and History Departments, University of Texas, Austin, September 26, 2008.

“Auguste Comte et l’Académie des Sciences,” International Colloquium on the Heritage of Auguste Comte,” Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris, France, October 5, 2007.

“Auguste Comte and His Ambivalence toward the Sciences,” Society for French Historical Studies, Houston, Texas, March 15-17, 2007.

Introduction à Caroline Massin et Sa Correspondance avec Auguste Comte, Maison d'Auguste Comte, Paris, France, June 15, 2006.

Auguste Comte and the Academy of Sciences, 6e Congrès international d’histoire de la philosophie des sciences, June 14-18, 2006, Paris, France.

Writing the Biography of Auguste Comte, Journée d’Etudes or Workshop on Nineteenth-Century French History, University of California, Santa Cruz, June 10, 2006.

Introduction to Women’s History, Symposium on Why Gender History Matters, San Jose State University, April 27, 2006.

Positivism and Religion,” Society for French Historical Studies, 50th Annual Meeting, Paris, France, June 17 20, 2004.

Auguste Comte et les bas bleus: Sarah Austin et Harriet Martineau, Maison d’Auguste Comte, Paris, France, June 17, 2004.

Positivism and Nationalism, European Social Science History Conference (ESSHC), Berlin, Germany, March 24-March 27, 2004.

Cerebral and Emotional Regimes in the Doctrine of Auguste Comte, Society for French Historical Studies, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on April 3 5, 2003.

The Status of the Intellect in the Last Works of Auguste Comte, Congress of the History of Philosophy of Science Working Group, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, June 21-23, 2002.

L’art de la mémoire dans le système positiviste, Centre Culturel International de Cerisy-La Salle, France, July 3-10, 2001.

Positivism and the Occidental Republic, Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Social Imagery, Colorado Springs, Colorado, March 15-17, 2001.

The Commemorative Strain in Positivism, Society for French Historical Studies, Scottsdale and Tempe, Arizona, March 30 April 1, 2000.

Auguste Comte et la question du genre, International Colloquium on AAuguste Comte and Positivism, Two Centuries Later, Académie Tunisienne des Sciences, des Lettres et des Arts, Carthage, Tunisia, April 27 30, 1999.

Auguste Comte and the Revolution of 1848, Consortium on Revolutionary Europe, 1750 1850, Charleston, February 25 28, 1999.

Auguste Comte et la sphere publique de Jurgen Habermas, International Colloquium in Honor of the Bicentennial of the Birth of Auguste Comte (1798 1857), Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Montpellier and Paris, May 11 16, 1998.

Auguste Comte and the Discourse on Fetishism, Society for French Historical Studies, Carleton University and University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada, March 26 28, 1998.

Auguste Comte and the Manipulation of Public Space, Twenty Eighth Annual Conference of the Western Association of Women Historians, Asilomar Conference Center, May 30 June 1, 1997.

Clotilde de Vaux and Auguste Comte: The Battle over Mind and Body, Annual Meeting of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association, Davidson College, March 20 22, 1997.

Auguste Comte and the Problem of Primitivism, Consortium on Revolutionary Europe, Louisiana State University, February 20 22, 1997.

Auguste Comte and the Problem of the Woman of Ideas: Clotilde de Vaux Confronts George Sand, Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association, SanFrancisco State University, August 8 11, 1996.

The Feminization of Auguste Comte and His Doctrine: Positivism in the 1850s, Society for French Historical Studies, Boston University, March 21 23, 1996.

A New Look at Auguste Comte: Feelings, Imagination, and Memory in the Positivist System," Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Society, Washington, D.C., August 1923, 1995.

"Auguste Comte," Center for the Literary Arts, San Jose State University, April 13, 1995.

"Problems of Patriarchy in Nineteenth-Century France: Angels and Demons in the Moral Vision of Auguste Comte," Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, June 11-13, 1993.

"Rhetorical Strategies in the Works of Auguste Comte," Conference of the Society for French Historical Studies, California State University, Chico, March 1820, 1993.

"The Political Philosophy of Auguste Comte," New York State Association of European Historians, State University of New York, Albany, September 20-21, 1991.

"The Political Agenda of Auguste Comte and Nineteenth-Century Positivism," Southeastern Nineteenth-Century Studies Association, Loyola University, New Orleans, Louisiana, April 11-13, 1991.

"Auguste Comte and the Saint-Simonians," Society for French Historical Studies, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, March 21-23, 1991.

"Comte and the Nineteenth-Century Image of Women: Positivism and Patriarchy in France," Coordinating Committee on Women in the Historical Profession, New York Metropolitan Region, New York, New York, February 11, 1991.

Bio

A native of San Francisco, Dr. Pickering earned her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in history from Harvard University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. In addition, she has an advanced graduate degree (D.E.A.) in history from Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Science Po) in Paris. Her research interests revolve around modern European intellectual, cultural, and social history and European women's history. Her articles have appeared in French Historical Studies, Journal of the History of Ideas, Journal of Women's History, Historical Reflections, Revue internationale de philosophie, and Revue philosophique. She has also written a three-volume biography of the nineteenth-century French philosopher Auguste Comte, which was published by Cambridge University Press. She received an NEH grant in 1991 in support of this project. Volumes two and three were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and the History of Science Society's Pfizer Prize. In 2010, she received the College of Social Sciences Austen D. Warburton Award for Outstanding Scholarly Achievement and the President's Scholar Award. In May 2013, she was named one of “Top 20 Women Professors in California” by StateStats.org.