Positivism Negated

From Auguste Comte to Councillor "Bang!" in Two Easy Steps

Auguste Comte was born in 1798 in Montpellier, France, to Louis and Rosalie Comte, both monarchists and devout Roman Catholics. After studying at the École Polytechnique in Paris until it closed in 1816, he earned a precarious living teaching math and journalism until he entered the employ and tutelage of Henri de Saint-Simon, an aristocratic socialist theorist nearly forty years his senior. The relationship ended in 1824 over disputed authorship of the pair's writings. Saint-Simon died the following year, and Comte went on to disseminate their work.

Comte held that, like the physical world, human society operated according to a set of laws. Rob Beamish, professor of sociology at...


has a BS in Computer Science and worked as a software engineer with IBM until she hopped off the career track to be a full-time mom. She lives in Indianapolis, IN, and writes on apologetics and matters of faith.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #26, fall 2013 Copyright © 2020 Salvo | www.salvomag.com https://salvomag.com/article/salvo26/positivism-negated


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