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Auguste Comte and Positivism, Paperback / softback Book

Auguste Comte and Positivism Paperback / softback

Part of the Cambridge Library Collection - Philosophy series

Paperback / softback


Reissued in its revised 1866 second edition, this work by John Stuart Mill (1806-73) discusses the positivist views of the French philosopher and social scientist Auguste Comte (1798-1857).

Comte is regarded as the founder of positivism, the doctrine that all knowledge must derive from sensory experience.

The two-part text was originally printed as two articles in the Westminster Review in 1865.

Part 1 offers an analysis of Comte's earlier works on positivism in the natural and social sciences, while Part 2 considers its application in areas such as religion and ethics.

Mill states that Comte is the first philosopher who has attempted to extend positivism 'to all objects of human knowledge'.

Despite being critical of a number of Comte's views, such as the exclusion of psychology from positivist science, Mill acknowledges his fellow philosopher's influence in the face of common negative perceptions of the positivist movement.


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