Alberto Torres

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Alberto Torres
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Personal details
Born 26 November 1865
Itaboraí, Brazil
Died 29 March 1917
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Alberto Torres (1865 in Itaboraí, RJ – 1917) was a politician and a Brazilian social thinker who was concerned about national unity and the organization of the Brazilian society.

In his work, he opposed the ideas of socialism and individualism as incompatible to the Brazilian reality and believes they are responsible for the society's disintegration. In his understanding, it was necessary to objectively understand the Brazilian society in order to know its needs and then present pragmatic changes to it.

To do so, it would be necessary to have a strong state leading these changes.

His ideas were very much in use during Brazilian Revolution of 1930 and the 1964 Brazil coup d'état.


  • O problema nacional brasileiro
  • A organização nacional
  • As fontes da vida no Brasil, 1915


  • REZENDE, Maria José de. Organização, coordenação e mudança social em Alberto Torres. Estudos de Sociologia, n. 8, 1º sem. 2000.
  • SOUZA, Ricardo Luiz de. Nacionalismo e autoritarismo em Alberto Torres. In: Sociologias, no. 13, 2005, pp. 302–323. [1]