The Positive Philosophy of Auguste Comte (Google eBook)

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William V. Spencer, 1866 - Positivism - 182 pages
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Page 96 - Ideas do not govern and overthrow the world : the world is governed or overthrown by feelings, to which ideas serve only as guides.
Page 16 - Positive philosophy maintains that, within the existing order of the Universe, or rather of the part of it known to us, the direct determining cause of every phenomenon is not supernatural but natural. It is compatible with this to believe that the universe was created and even that it is continuously governed by an Intelligence, provided we admit that the intelligent Governor adheres to fixed laws, which are only modified or counteracted by other laws of the same dispensation, and are never either...
Page 80 - But as society proceeds in its development, its phenomena are determined, more and more, not by the simple tendencies of universal human nature, but by the accumulated influence of past generations over the present. The human beings themselves, on the laws of whose nature the facts of history depend, are not abstract or universal but historical human beings, already shaped, and made what they are, by human society.
Page 97 - All social phenomena are produced by the totality of human emotions and beliefs : of which the emotions are mainly pre-determined, while the beliefs are mainly post-determined. Men's desires are chiefly inherited ; but their beliefs are chiefly acquired, and depend on surrounding conditions ; and the most important surrounding conditions depend on the social state which the prevalent desires have produced. The social state at any time existing, is the resultant of all the ambitions, self-interests,...
Page 124 - Comte realised so fully as he has done all the majesty of which that idea is susceptible. It ascends into the unknown recesses of the past, embraces the manifold present, and descends into the indefinite and unforeseeable future. Forming a collective existence without assignable beginning or end, it appeals to that feeling of the infinite which is deeply rooted in human nature, and which seems necessary to the imposingness of all our highest conceptions.
Page 130 - May it not be the fact that mankind, who after all are made up of single human beings, obtain a greater sum of happiness when each pursues his own, under the rules and conditions required by the good of the rest, than when each makes the good of the rest his only object...
Page 113 - ... together with, not only the right and duty of advising and reproving all persons respecting both their public and their private life, but also a control (whether authoritative or only moral is not defined) over the speculative class itself, to prevent them from wasting time and ingenuity on inquiries and speculations of no value to mankind (among which he includes many now in high estimation), and compel them to employ all their powers on the investigations which may be judged, at the time, to...
Page 83 - In the phenomena of the social state, the collective phenomenon is more accessible to us than the parts of which it is composed. This is already, in a great degree, true of the mere animal body. It is essential to the idea of an organism, and it is even more true of the social organism than of the individual The state of every part of the social whole at any time is intimately connected with the contemporaneous state of all the others. Religious belief) philosophy, science, the...
Page 127 - ... ultimate standard of right and wrong, and because moral discipline consists in cultivating the utmost possible repugnance to all conduct injurious to the general good, M. Comte infers that the good of others is the only inducement on which we should allow ourselves to act; and that we should endeavour to starve the whole of the desires which point to our personal satisfaction, by denying them all gratification not strictly required by physical necessities. The golden rule of morality, in M. Comte's...
Page 13 - Thought to be—" that all phenomena, without exception, are governed by invariable laws, with which no volitions either natural or supernatural interfere...

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PEP Web - A Pathography of Auguste Comte
John Stuart Mill, The Positive Philosophy of Auguste Comte, New York, 1887. WARNING! This text is printed for the personal use of the subscriber to PEP Web ...
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Auguste Comte: Biography and Much More from Answers.com
But Comte personally approved of Harriet Martineau's English redaction of the six volumes of his main work into The Positive Philosophy of Auguste Comte (3 ...
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The positive philosophy of Auguste Comte. Identificador, MC0035513. Autor, Mill, John Stuart, 1806-1873. Título, The positive philosophy of Auguste Comte ...
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