By Mary Pickering

This quantity starts off to discover the existence and works of Auguste Comte in the course of his so-called moment profession, the debatable interval that all started in 1842 and lasted until eventually his dying. This quantity covers the years from 1842 to 1852, whilst Comte remodeled his optimistic philosophy right into a political and spiritual move. It represents the 1st in-depth research of that flow. concentrating on key books, equivalent to the Discours sur l'ensemble du positivisme, Mary Pickering connects Comte's highbrow improvement to the tumultuous historic context and to episodes in his own lifestyles, specially his recognized dating with Clotilde de Vaux. The publication examines for the 1st time why employees, medical professionals, girls, and recognized writers, corresponding to John Stuart Mill, George Henry Lewes, and Emile Littré, have been attracted to his thought.

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