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Auguste Comte – High Priest of Positivism by Caspar Hewett

In Europe, history, humanities, research, science, society, sociology, writers on September 23, 2012 at 07:21

From: Auguste Comte – High Priest of Positivism by Caspar Hewett, The Great Debate, http://thegreatdebate.org.uk

Auguste Comte [1798 – 1857] was the father of Positivism and inventor of the term sociology. He played a key role in the development of the social sciences and was highly influential on thoughts about progress in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Comte believed that the progress of the human mind had followed an historical sequence which he described as the law of three stages; theological, metaphysical and positive. In the first two stages, attempts were made to understand the nature of things through supernatural and metaphysical explanations. In the positive stage, by contrast, observation and experiment became the principal means to search for truth. Applying the law of three stages first to the development of the sciences, Comte later claimed that it applied to human intellectual development in general and that it held the key to the future progress of humanity.

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