Auguste Comte


  • French philosopher
  • Born in January 1798; Died in September 1857

Time Period:

When Comte was born, France was the French Republic (First Republic) which then became the First Empire when Napoleon Bonaparte took over. France had just gone through the revolution that marked the fall of the monarchy. French literature saw much success where romanticism, naturalism, realism and many other styles of writing. Religion involved less Catholicism until the Restoration where it became the state religion.

Major Influence:

  • 19th century thought
  • Founder of the discipline of sociology and doctrine of positivism (the theory that laws are to be understood as social rules)
  • Tried to introduce "religion of humanity"
  • Created and defined "altruism"
  • Developed positive philosophy to help undo the effects of the French revolution

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