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Auguste Comte and Positivism

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Positivism was developed by Auguste Comte (widely regarded as the first sociologist) in the middle of the 19th century. According to Auguste Comte, society undergoes three different phases in its quest for the truth: the theological, the metaphysical and the positive phases.
Paperback, 144 pages
Published September 19th 2008 by Serenity Publishers, LLC
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Great insight into the high peaks and inevitable valleys that come when a great mind has the time to produce an immense and seminal body of work.
Jun 29, 2012 Ray rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book if you're into the origins of sociology. It begins with an overview of how man has explained the natural phenomena. It started with fetishism, then polytheism, monotheism, metaphysics and finally positivism which uses empirical data to prove the natural laws. Comte used the methodology of the physical sciences to establish laws for the social sciences. He was a proponent of a humanist religion in order to perfect society. Mill was a contemporary of his and agreed with some of his theo ...more
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John Stuart Mill, British philosopher, political economist, civil servant and Member of Parliament, was an influential liberal thinker of the 19th century. He was an exponent of utilitarianism, an ethical theory developed by Jeremy Bentham, although his conception of it was very different from Bentham's.
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