Download Auguste Comte and the Religion of Humanity: The by Andrew Wernick PDF

By Andrew Wernick

This e-book deals an exhilarating reinterpretation of Auguste Comte, the founding father of French sociology. Andrew Wernick offers the 1st in-depth critique of Comte's inspiration of faith and its position in his pondering on politics, sociology and philosophy of technology. He locations Comte's principles in the context of post-1789 French political and highbrow background, and of contemporary philosophy, in particular postmodernism. Wernick relates Comte to Marx and Nietzsche as seminal figures of modernity and examines key gains of contemporary and postmodern French social idea, tracing the inherent flaws and disintegration of Comte's approach.

Show description

Read Online or Download Auguste Comte and the Religion of Humanity: The Post-theistic Program of French Social Theory PDF

Best history & surveys books

Cambridge History of Eighteenth-Century Philosophy

Greater than thirty eminent students from 9 diverse nations have contributed to The Cambridge background of Eighteenth-Century Philosophy - the main entire and up to date historical past of the topic to be had in English. For the eighteenth century the dominant notion in philosophy used to be human nature and so it really is round this idea that the paintings is established.

The Sociology of Philosophies: A Global Theory of Intellectual Change

A finished historical past of global philosophy, this publication can also be a social historical past of worldwide highbrow existence. Eschewing polemics, it provides a cosmopolitan view of the a number of cultures of worldwide historical past, disintegrates stereotypes of local cultures, and divulges how creativity is pushed via a number conflicting positions in every one group.

Kant's Transcendental Proof of Realism

This booklet is the 1st designated learn of Kant's approach to 'transcendental mirrored image' and its use within the Critique of natural cause to spot our simple human cognitive capacities, and to justify Kant's transcendental proofs of the required a priori stipulations for the potential for self-conscious human adventure.

Kant and the Interests of Reason

This ebook argues that we will be able to merely strengthen a formal clutch of Kant’s sensible philosophy if we delight in the vital function performed in it by means of the proposal of the pursuits of cause. whereas it truly is in general said that Kant doesn't regard cause as a simply instrumental college, this e-book is the 1st to teach how his concept of cause as guided through its personal pursuits deals the most important to a couple of the main perplexing facets of his sensible philosophy.

Extra info for Auguste Comte and the Religion of Humanity: The Post-theistic Program of French Social Theory

Example text

Car, celle-ci reÂsultera toujours d'une induction purement empirique, quoique devenue, depuis longtemps, irreÂsistible . ' (x:174). The system and its logic (1) 39 never know, even supposing that the very notion of `cause' was not itself metaphysical41 ± but observable and predictable regularities. From Newton's celestial dynamics to Gall's phrenology, scienti®c laws were just faits geÂneÂrales which connected, with maximum economy, all the known facts in a domain by relations of resemblance, concomitance or succession (i:3±4; x:173±4).

Conjectures, he argued, including quite abstract ones about the general nature of the ®eld, were necessary to mentally organise (however wrongly) what was known, and to stimulate research into what was not. There could have 45 It is in just this sense that Heidegger af®rms the essentially `mathematical' character of modern science. `Ta mathemata means for the Greeks that which man knows in advance in his observation of whatever is and in his intercourse with things' (1977a:118). `[P]hysical science does not ®rst become research through experiment; rather, on the contrary, experiment ®rst becomes possible where and only where the knowledge of nature has become transformed into research.

Such pre-theory was always to be regarded as heuristic and hypothetical. As for its content, the distinction to be drawn at the most fundamental level was between the kind of preconceptions which mysti®ed things in advance, and those which pictured the object of knowledge as, and in the form of, something which could in principle be scienti®cally known. However, in clarifying this further, Bacon's unalloyed empiricism, and his heteroclite list of `idols' to be demolished, was of little help. Some `positive' working conception of the knowledge domain in question was always needed; and in de®ning this we required criteria for distinguishing, even in the most general terms, between scienti®c and non-scienti®c modalities of picturing it.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.05 of 5 – based on 21 votes