Comte after Positivism

Comte after Positivism


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This book provides the only detailed, systematic 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 that Comte's positivism has never had greater contemporary relevance than now. Providing a lucid exposition of Comte and informed by considerable new scholarship on his work, this book will be valuable to philosophers, especially philosophers of science, a wide range of intellectual historians, and to historians of science and psychology.

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ISBN-13: 9780521474887
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 05/28/2011
Series: Modern European Philosophy Series
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Comte for a post-positivist world; Part I. Comte Then: 1. Mill versus Comte on 'interior observation'; 2. Mill versus Comte as positivist philosophers of science; 3. Comte's three-stage law; Part II. Comte Now: 4. Comte's ambiguous legacy: science defended or already justified?; 5. Cartesian ahistoricism and later epistemic analysis; 6. Comte and the very idea of a post-positivist philosophy; 7. Comte for tomorrow?

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