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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