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By Auguste Comte, J. H. Bridges, Frederic Harrison

In A normal View of Positivism French thinker Auguste Comte (1798-1857) provides an outline of his social philosophy referred to as Positivism. Comte, credited with coining the time period 'sociology' and one of many first to argue for it as a technology, is anxious with reform, growth and the matter of social order in society. during this English version of the paintings, released in 1865, he addresses the sensible difficulties of imposing his philosophy or doctrine, as he additionally refers to Positivism, into society. He believes that society evolves via a chain of levels which are governed by way of social legislation and culminate in a pretty good type of social existence. in this reorganisation of society, with a view to locate its maximum supporters between girls and the operating type, a 'new ethical energy' will emerge. below the motto 'love, order and growth' Comte needs humanism to exchange organised faith because the item of non secular worship.

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I. made without totally abandoning the theological principle, The only service of any real value which it still renders, is that of forcing the attention of Western Europe, by the very fact of its reactionary tendencies, upon the greatest of all social questions. It is owing to its influence that the central point of the new synthesis is placed in our moral rather than our intellectual nature; and this in spite of every prejudice and habit of thought that has been formed during the revolutionary period of the last five centuries.

In the life of the individual, and, still more, in the life of the race, the basis of unity, as I shall show in the fourth chapter, must always be feeling. It is to the fact that theology arose spontaneously from feeling that its influence is for the most part due. And although theology is now palpably on the decline, yet it will still retain, in principle at least, some legitimate claims to the direction of society so long as the new philosophy fails to occupy this important vantage-ground. We come then to the final conditions with which the modern synthesis must comply.

Therefore no important step in the progress of Humanity can now be 20 A GENERAL VIEW OF POSITIVISM. I. made without totally abandoning the theological principle, The only service of any real value which it still renders, is that of forcing the attention of Western Europe, by the very fact of its reactionary tendencies, upon the greatest of all social questions. It is owing to its influence that the central point of the new synthesis is placed in our moral rather than our intellectual nature; and this in spite of every prejudice and habit of thought that has been formed during the revolutionary period of the last five centuries.

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