Auguste Comte

1798 - 1857

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Isidore Auguste Marie François Xavier Comte (French: [oˈɡyst kɔ̃t] ; 19 January 1798 – 30 September 1857) was a French philosopher, mathematician and writer who formulated the doctrine of positivism. He is often regarded as the first philosopher of science in the modern sense of the term. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Auguste Comte has received more than 2,870,256 page views. His biography is available in 94 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 91 in 2019). Auguste Comte is the 27th most popular philosopher (down from 26th in 2019), the 25th most popular biography from France (down from 19th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular French Philosopher.

Auguste Comte is most famous for his positivist philosophy, which states that the only true knowledge is scientific knowledge.

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Among philosophers, Auguste Comte ranks 27 out of 1,267Before him are Montesquieu, Democritus, Epicurus, Seneca the Younger, Friedrich Engels, and Averroes. After him are Thomas Hobbes, Al-Ghazali, Erasmus, Diogenes, Parmenides, and Baruch Spinoza.

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Among people born in 1798, Auguste Comte ranks 1After him are Eugène Delacroix, Adam Mickiewicz, Pedro I of Brazil, Alexandra Feodorovna, Giacomo Leopardi, Jules Michelet, Charles Albert of Sardinia, Marie-Caroline of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duchess of Berry, Josiah Warren, František Palacký, and Grand Duke Michael Pavlovich of Russia. Among people deceased in 1857, Auguste Comte ranks 1After him are Augustin-Louis Cauchy, Carl Czerny, Archduchess Sophie of Austria, Eugène François Vidocq, Alfred de Musset, Dominic Savio, Mikhail Glinka, Eugène Sue, Charles Lucien Bonaparte, Louis-Eugène Cavaignac, and Francis Beaufort.

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Among people born in France, Auguste Comte ranks 25 out of 6,770Before him are Henri Matisse (1869), John Calvin (1509), Paul Cézanne (1839), Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900), Brigitte Bardot (1934), and Napoleon II (1811). After him are Antoine Lavoisier (1743), Denis Diderot (1713), Giuseppe Garibaldi (1807), Nostradamus (1503), Napoleon III (1808), and Édith Piaf (1915).


Among philosophers born in France, Auguste Comte ranks 3Before him are René Descartes (1596), and Montesquieu (1689). After him are Michel Foucault (1926), Henri Bergson (1859), Michel de Montaigne (1533), Peter Abelard (1079), Pierre-Joseph Proudhon (1809), Jean Bodin (1530), Roland Barthes (1915), Gilles Deleuze (1925), and Henri de Saint-Simon (1760).