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Author Scharff, Robert C.

Title Comte after positivism / Robert C. Scharff.

Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1995.


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Physical description xvi, 227 pages ; 24 cm.
Series Modern European philosophy.
Modern European philosophy.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 209-221) and index.
Contents Introduction: Comte for a Post-Positivist World -- 1. Mill versus Comte on Interior Observation -- 2. Mill versus Comte as Positivist Philosophers of Science --3. Comte's Three-Stage Law -- 4. Comte's Ambiguous Legacy: Science Defended or Already Justified? -- 5. Cartesian Ahistoricism and Later Epistemic Analysis --6. Comte and the Very Idea of Post-Positivist Philosophy -- 7. Comte for Tomorrow?
Summary This book provides the only detailed, systematic philosophical reconsideration of the neglected nineteenth-century positivist Auguste Comte currently available. Apart from offering an accurate account of what Comte actually wrote, the book argues for the provocative thesis that Comte's positivism actually has greater contemporary relevance now that no one wants to be a positivist. Providing lucid exposition and informed by considerable new scholarship on Comte's work, this book will be valuable to philosophers, especially philosophers of science and those interested in post-positivist developments in Anglo-American philosophy, to a wide range of intellectual historians, and to historians of science and psychology.
Subject Comte, Auguste, 1798-1857.
ISBN 0521474884 (hardback)