Auguste Comte

On this date in 1798, Auguste Comte, the founder of Positivism, was born. A French mathematical prodigy, Comte rejected belief in God by age 14. He gave a series of lectures on Positive Philosophy in 1826, which was eventually published. He wrote: "The law is this: that each of our leading conceptions -- each branch of our knowledge -- passes successively through three different theoretical conditions: the Theological, or fictitious; the Metaphysical, or abstract; and the Scientific, or positive." His General View of Positivism was published in 1848. Auguste Comte is considered to be the "father" of sociology. D. 1857.

“All good intellects have repeated, since Bacon's time, that there can be no real knowledge but which is based on observed facts.”

—Auguste Comte, The Positive Philosophy

Compiled by Annie Laurie Gaylor

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