- NAME: Auguste Comte
- OCCUPATION: Philosopher, Academic Author, Sociologist
- BIRTH DATE: January 19, 1798
- DEATH DATE: September 05, 1857
- EDUCATION: École Polytechnique, University of Montpellier, Lycee Joffre
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Montpellier, Herault, France
- PLACE OF DEATH: Paris, France
- Full Name: Isidore Auguste Marie François Xavier Comte
- Full Name: Auguste Comte
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French philosopher Auguste Comte (1798–1857) greatly advanced the field of social science, giving it the name "sociology" and influenced many 19th-century social intellectuals.
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After her death, in 1846, Comte wrote the System of Positive Polity. In his formulation of a “religion of humanity,” Comte proposed a religious order based on reason and humanity, emphasizing morality as the cornerstone of human political organization.
Comte continued to refine and promote his “new world order,” attempting to unify history, psychology and economics through the scientific understanding of society. His work was widely promulgated by Europe’s intellectuals and influenced the thinking of Karl Marx, John Stuart Mill and George Eliot. Comte died of stomach cancer in Paris on September 5, 1857. Though self-centered and egocentric, Comte devoted himself to the betterment of society.
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