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In this book Auguste Comte gives an overview of his social philosophy known as Positivism. In this 1865 English edition of the work he addresses the practical problems of implementing Positivism into society. Under the motto love, order and progress Comte envisions how organised religion is eventually replaced by Humanism. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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  • Paperback: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Nabu Press (September 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1171671504
  • ISBN-13: 978-1171671503
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,392,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Yaakov (James) Mosher on April 24, 2008
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A French patriot, writing amid the upheavals of 1848, alerted his countrymen, fellow Europeans, and posterity to an emerging social science that harmonizes order (the conservative impulse) and progress (the liberal impulse). Auguste Comte (1798-1857) called this science "Positivism," positing its ability to break the trend of negativism brought about by the decline of Catholic feudalism and culminating in the French Revolution. Like all brilliant entrepreneurs, Comte saw the revolution as an opportunity within a tragedy.
Erik von Kuenelt-Leddihn, in his book "Leftism Revisited," accurately summarized that Comte sought to create a secular version of the Roman Catholic Church. Comte's reverence for Catholicism is all through "A General View of Positivism" although in trying to sell his philosophy to Frenchmen he made the church sound better than it actually was. Puzzling is his attribution of the idea of separating the temporal power (government) from the spiritual power (philosophic) to the Roman Church. I don't recall the Vatican ever giving up political power voluntarily. Perhaps Comte is crediting the Bible's "Give on to Caesar what is Caesar's and give on to G-d what is G-d's" to Catholicism when it should be attributed to Christianity in general.
Interestingly, as foreshadowed by Comte, the Roman Church has evolved into a more positivist institution, eschewing direct involvement in elections and practical politics and sticking to its morals advisory knitting. Result: Pope Benedict XVI has an 80 percent approval rating with Americans, a level President George W. Bush (who regularly confounds the roles of morals and politics) can only dream of.
Readers will not be able to miss the non-theological, non-metaphysical nature of Comte's "Religion of Humanity.
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