Auguste Comte

1798 - 1857

Auguste Comte

Isidore Marie Auguste François Xavier Comte (pronounced [oɡyst kɔ̃t] (listen); 19 January 1798 – 5 September 1857) was a French philosopher 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. Comte is also seen as the founder of the academic discipline of sociology.Influenced by the utopian socialist Henri de Saint-Simon, Comte developed positive philosophy in an attempt to remedy the social malaise of the French Revolution, calling for a new social doctrine based on science. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Auguste Comte has received more than 1,558,204 page views. His biography is available in 86 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 39th most popular philosopher.

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Among philosophers, Auguste Comte ranks 37 out of 1,005Before him are Martin Heidegger, David Hume, Sun Tzu, Diogenes, Democritus, and Plutarch. After him are Ludwig Wittgenstein, Thomas More, Michel Foucault, Maria Montessori, Al-Farabi, and Michel de Montaigne.

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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, Jules Michelet, Charles Albert of Sardinia, Giacomo Leopardi, Marie-Caroline of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duchess of Berry, František Palacký, August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben, and Josiah Warren. Among people deceased in 1857, Auguste Comte ranks 1After him are Augustin-Louis Cauchy, Carl Czerny, Mikhail Glinka, Eugène François Vidocq, Alfred de Musset, Dominic Savio, Archduchess Sophie of Austria, Eugène Sue, Francis Beaufort, Charles Lucien Bonaparte, and Louis Jacques Thénard.

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Among people born in France, Auguste Comte ranks 38 out of 4,109Before him are Alain Delon (1935), Édith Piaf (1915), Émile Zola (1840), Simone de Beauvoir (1908), Denis Diderot (1713), and Édouard Manet (1832). After him are Émile Durkheim (1858), Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841), Brigitte Bardot (1934), Charles Baudelaire (1821), André-Marie Ampère (1775), and Pierre Curie (1859).