Comte: Early Political Writings

Comte: Early Political Writings

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This edition of the French philosopher Auguste Comte's (1798-1857) early essays shows Comte at the heart of the political and intellectual debates of Restoration France. The young Comte forged the central features of his philosophical system in response to the central challenge of the 1820s - how to find a new foundation for political legitimacy and thus to 'close' the revolutionary era. Stuart Jones's introduction to this new edition shows how Comte grappled with problems that confronted liberals and counter-revolutionaries alike, and identifies the novelty of his solution. The essays presented in this edition reveal the systematizing character of Comte's intellect, which lay at the root of his enormous appeal to nineteenth-century readers. In addition to the substantial introduction, this volume contains a chronology, biographical information on key figures, and a bibliographical note making this an accessible volume highly suitable for undergraduate use.show more

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'Stuart Jones has done us a service by making these texts readily available once again. he has had the courage and the tenacity to produce an excellent new English version of Comte's text. History of Political Thoughtshow more

About Auguste Comte

Stuart Jones is Professor of Intellectual History at the University of Manchester. He has written widely on British and French intellectual history and political thought, chiefly of the nineteenth century. His books include The French State in Question (Cambridge University Press, 1993), Victorian Political Thought (Palgrave, 2000), and Intellect and Character in Victorian England: Mark Pattison and the Invention of the Don (Cambridge University Press, 2007). He also edited Comte's Early Political Writings for the Cambridge Texts in Political Thought series (Cambridge University Press, 1998). He is currently Visiting Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford (2008-9).show more

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Introduction; Notes on text and translation; Chronology; Biographical notes; Bibliographical note; 1. General separation between opinions and desires; 2. Summary appraisal of the general character of modern history; 3. Plan of the scientific work necessary for the reorganization of society; 4. Philosophical considerations on the sciences and scientists; 5. Considerations of the spiritual power; 6. Examination of Broussais's Treatise on Irritation.show more

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