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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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February 20: Robert Altman

Though educated in Catholic schools, and pressed to serve in Korea, “it's worth noting that by the age of 20 [Altman] had resisted two of the most powerful institutions - church and army, both. He is an atheist.”



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