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Death of Philosopher Auguste Comte

Auguste Comte, 1850

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Philosopher Auguste Comte dies of stomach cancer in Paris, France, at the age of 59. Founder of both the field of sociology and the philosophy of positivism, he comes to be regarded as the first real philosopher of science.

Comte's writings, both regarding sociology and positivism, have influenced a large number of intellectuals in the 19th century, including Karl Marx, John Stuart Mill, Herbert Spencer, and Émile Durkheim.

In his positivist philosophy Auguste Comte conceived of a "religion of humanity" that would replace theistic religions that are the byproduct of ancient agrarian communities. This religion of humanity should be scientific, realistic, and dedicated to helping people live out their lives as fully as possible.

These ideas will be very influential on the development of religious humanist and secular humanist organizations in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.


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