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Inspirational Auguste Comte Quotes

Auguste Comte (19 January 1798 – 5 September 1857) was a French philosopher. This post features some Inspirational Auguste Comte Quotes.

He was a founder of the discipline of sociology and of the doctrine of positivism. He is sometimes regarded as the first philosopher of science in the modern sense of the term. His concept of sociologie and social evolutionism set the tone for early social theorists and anthropologists, evolving into modern academic sociology presented by Émile Durkheim as practical and objective social research.

Comte developed the positive philosophy in an attempt to remedy the social malaise of the French Revolution, calling for a new social doctrine based on the sciences. Comte was a major influence on 19th-century thought, influencing the work of social thinkers such as Karl Marx, John Stuart Mill, and George Eliot.

Auguste Comte Quotes
Auguste Comte Quotes

Auguste Comte quotes

“Ideas govern the world, or throw it into chaos.”
― Auguste Comte

“To understand a science it is necessary to know its history.”
― Auguste Comte

“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 dead govern the living.”
― Auguste Comte

“Nothing is destroyed until it is replaced.”
― Auguste Comte

“Positivism is a theory of knowledge according to which the only kind of sound knowledge available to human kind is that if science grounded in observation.”
― Auguste Comte

“Humanity is always made up of more dead than living.”
― Auguste Comte

“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

“Social positivism only accepts duties, for all and towards all. Its constant social viewpoint cannot include any notion of rights, for such notion always rests on individuality.”
― Auguste Comte

“The sacred formula of positivism: love as a principle, the order as a foundation, and progress as a goal.”
― Auguste Comte

“Men are not allowed to think freely about chemistry and biology: why should they be allowed to think freely about political philosophy?”
― Auguste Comte quotes

“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.”
― Auguste Comte

“The only real life is the collective life of the race; individual life has no existence except as an abstraction.”
― Auguste Comte

“Religion is an illusion of childhood, outgrown under proper education.”
Auguste Comte

“Each department of knowledge passes through three stages. The theoretic stage; the theological stage and the metaphysical or abstract stage.”
― Auguste Comte

“Mathematical Analysis is… the true rational basis of the whole system of our positive knowledge.”
― Auguste Comte

“We are born under a load of obligations of every kind, to our predecessors, to our successors, to our contemporaries. These obligations then increase or accumulate, for it is some time before we can return any service. Any human right is therefore as absurd as immoral. Since there are no divine rights anymore, this concept must therefore disappear completely as related only to the preliminary regime and totally inconsistent with the final state where there are only duties based on functions.”
― Auguste Comte

“Language forms a kind of wealth, which all can make use of at once without causing any diminution of the store, and which thus admits a complete community of enjoyment; for all, freely participating in the general treasure, unconsciously aid in its preservation.”
― Auguste Comte

“The human mind, by its nature, employs in its progress three methods of philosophizing, the character of which is essentially different, and even radically opposed: viz., the theological method, the metaphysical, and the positive. Hence arises three philosophies, or general systems of conceptions on the aggregate of phenomena, each of which excludes the others. The first is the necessary point of departure of the human understanding; and the third is its fixed and definitive state. The second is merely a state of transition.”
― Auguste Comte

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