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Auguste Comte : Auguste Comte: Volume 1 Auguste Comte and Positivism, 1789-1842 v.1 - Mary Pickering

Auguste Comte

Auguste Comte: Volume 1 Auguste Comte and Positivism, 1789-1842 v.1

Hardcover Published: 20th November 2014
ISBN: 9780521434058
Number Of Pages: 792

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This book constitutes the first volume of a projected two-volume intellectual biography of Auguste Comte, the founder of modern sociology and a philosophical movement called positivism. Volume One offers a reinterpretation of Comte's "first career," (1798-1842) when he completed the scientific foundation of his philosophy. It describes the interplay between Comte's ideas and the historical context of postrevolutionary France, his struggles with poverty and mental illness, and his volatile relationships with friends, family, and colleagues, including such famous contemporaries as Saint-Simon, the Saint-Simonians, Guizot, and John Stuart Mill. Pickering shows that the man who called for a new social philosophy based on the sciences was not only ill at ease in the most basic human relationships, but also profoundly questioned the ability of the purely scientific spirit to regenerate the political and social world.

'A notable feature of this magnificent book is the illuminating way in which Mary Pickering relates the life-struggles of Comte with the development of his ideas.' I. Bernard Cohen, Harvard University

The early years
The life and works of Saint-Simon up to 1817
Comte's first works for Saint-Simon
Comte's growing independence, 1819-1821
The fundamental opuscule and Comte's rupture with Saint-Simon
The aftermath of the rupture; the search for connections
Comte's efforts to establish himself
Intellectual and mental crises
The road to recovery, 1828-1830
Years of success and confrontation, 1830-1838
Comte's changing psyche and aberrant behavior, 1838-1840
The encounter between two luminaries: Comte and Mill
1842: a turning point
Cours de philosophie positive: positivism and the natural sciences
Cours de philosophie positive; sociology
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ISBN: 9780521434058
ISBN-10: 052143405X
Series: Auguste Comte Intellectual Biography : Book 1
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 792
Published: 20th November 2014
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 1.16