Auguste Comte

1798 - 1857

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Isidore Marie Auguste François Xavier Comte (French: [o'ɡyst 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's ideas were also fundamental to the development of sociology; indeed, he invented the term and treated that discipline as the crowning achievement of the sciences.Influenced by the utopian socialist Henri de Saint-Simon, Comte developed positive philosophy in an attempt to remedy the social disorder caused by the French Revolution, which he believed indicated imminent transition to a new form of society. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Auguste Comte has received more than 1,944,484 page views. His biography is available in 89 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 86 in 2019). Auguste Comte is the 35th most popular philosopher (up from 37th in 2019), the 40th most popular biography from France (down from 38th 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 35 out of 1,089Before him are Democritus, Diogenes, David Hume, Laozi, Martin Heidegger, and Søren Kierkegaard. After him are Sun Tzu, Plutarch, Al-Ghazali, Michel de Montaigne, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and Maria Montessori.

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

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Among people born in France, Auguste Comte ranks 40 out of 5,234Before him are Marcel Proust (1871), Alain Delon (1935), Denis Diderot (1713), Simone de Beauvoir (1908), Giuseppe Garibaldi (1807), and Charles Baudelaire (1821). After him are Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841), Coco Chanel (1883), Édouard Manet (1832), Philip IV of France (1268), Eugène Delacroix (1798), and Claude Debussy (1862).


Among philosophers born in France, Auguste Comte ranks 3Before him are René Descartes (1596) and Montesquieu (1689). After him are Michel de Montaigne (1533), Michel Foucault (1926), Henri Bergson (1859), Peter Abelard (1079), Jean Bodin (1530), Pierre-Joseph Proudhon (1809), Roland Barthes (1915), Gilles Deleuze (1925), and Charles Fourier (1772).