Comte after Positivism

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This book provides the only detailed, systematic philosophical reconsideration of the neglected nineteenth-century positivist Auguste Comte currently available. Apart from offering an accurate account of what Comte actually wrote, the book argues for the provocative thesis that Comte's positivism actually has greater contemporary relevance now that no one wants to be a positivist. Providing lucid exposition and informed by considerable new scholarship on Comte's work, this book will be valuable to philosophers, ...
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Overview

This book provides the only detailed, systematic philosophical reconsideration of the neglected nineteenth-century positivist Auguste Comte currently available. Apart from offering an accurate account of what Comte actually wrote, the book argues for the provocative thesis that Comte's positivism actually has greater contemporary relevance now that no one wants to be a positivist. Providing lucid exposition and informed by considerable new scholarship on Comte's work, this book will be valuable to philosophers, especially philosophers of science and those interested in post-positivist developments in Anglo-American philosophy, to a wide range of intellectual historians, and to historians of science and psychology.
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"This is the first volume to give an accurate account of his [Comte] principle teachings as well as a reassessment of his philosophical position in the light of post-positivistic intellectual trends....Recommended." The Reader's Review

"Scharff's Comte After Positivism is a brilliant work of anamnesis; not a reproduction or a re-presentation of things past, nor an image of lost object, but rather a presentation of current philosophical amnesiacs acting out--but not always working through--scenes of their historical past....offers timely and insightful suggestions for a viable postanalytic philosophy." The European Legacy

"Comte After Positivism provides telling intellectual history, incisive diagnosis of our present philosophical impasse, and a coherent vision of what postpositivist philosophy could become." Laurence D. Smith, The Journal of Mind and Behaviour

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521893039
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/20/2002
  • Series: Modern European Philosophy Series
  • Pages: 227
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Note on Citations
Introduction: Comte for a Post-Positivist World 1
1 Mill versus Comte on Interior Observation 19
2 Mill versus Comte as Positivist Philosophers of Science 45
3 Comte's Three-Stage Law 73
4 Comte's Ambiguous Legacy: Science Defended or Already Justified? 95
5 Cartesian Ahistoricism and Later Epistemic Analysis 128
6 Comte and the Very Idea of Post-Positivist Philosophy 143
7 Comte for Tomorrow? 176
Bibliography 209
Index 223
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