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Auguste Comte and Positivism

John Stuart Mill (1806-1873)

1. 01 - Part 1A
2. 02 - Part 1B
3. 03 - Part 1C
4. 04 - Part 1D
5. 05 - Part 1E
6. 06 - Part 1F
7. 07 - Part 1G
8. 08 - Part 2A
9. 09 - Part 2B
10. 10 - Part 2C
11. 11 - Part 2D
12. 12 - Part 2E

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Part 1 lays out the framework for Positivism as originated in France by Auguste Comte in his Cours de Philosophie Positive. Mill examines the tenets of Comte's movement and alerts us to defects. Part 2 concerns all Comte's writings except the Cours de Philosophie Positive. During Comte's later years he gave up reading newspapers and periodicals to keep his mind pure for higher study. He also became enamored of a certain woman who changed his view of life. Comte turned his philosophy into a religion, with morality the supreme guide. Mill finds that Comte learned to despise science and the intellect, instead substituting his frantic need for the regulation of change.