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January 19: Auguste Comte (1798)

It was on this date, January 19, 1798, that the French founder of the philosophy of Positivism, Isidore Marie Auguste François Xavier Comte, was born in Montpellier. Auguste Comte was reared a Catholic, but gave that up to become a disciple of Saint-Simon. In 1824, when they had a falling out, he developed his own philosophical ideas. Positivism, as Comte developed the idea, denies metaphysics in favor of a reliance on sense experience as the source of human knowledge…

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Originally published January 2003 by Ronald Bruce Meyer.

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October 25: Geoffrey Chaucer

Geoffrey Chaucer (d. 1400) It was on this date, October 25, 1400, that the first great poet in the English language, Geoffrey Chaucer, died at his home in London. His date of birth is unknown, though it is probably around 1340-1343. Chaucer became a celebrated poet during his lifetime, which did not interfere with his […]



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