By Mary Pickering
This publication constitutes the 1st quantity of a projected two-volume highbrow biography of Auguste Comte, the founding father of smooth sociology and a philosophical stream known as positivism. quantity One bargains a reinterpretation of Comte's "first career," (1798-1842) while he accomplished the clinical beginning of his philosophy. It describes the interaction among Comte's principles and the historic context of postrevolutionary France, his struggles with poverty and psychological disorder, and his unstable relationships with associates, relations, and associates, together with such well-known contemporaries as Saint-Simon, the Saint-Simonians, Guizot, and John Stuart Mill. Pickering indicates that the fellow who referred to as for a brand new social philosophy in response to the sciences used to be not just unwell comfortable within the most elementary human relationships, but in addition profoundly puzzled the power of the in basic terms clinical spirit to regenerate the political and social global.
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He blamed it for having contributed to his sense of alienation from his family and to his late emotional development. "54 Curiously, his aloof father glimpsed his difficulties. Realizing that Isidore's years of being "imprisoned in the lycee' had left him with "no social graces," he decided to make Isidore stay at home the last year while he was being taught by Encontre. "55 Even at an early age, Comte was apparently inept at handling social relations. Most of Comte's energies at this time went into the sciences, and his relationship with Encontre was one of the most significant associations of his life.
This aspect of his thought is so striking that Thomas Huxley once remarked that "Comte's ideal... is Catholic organization without 29 31 33 34 35 36 30 Comte to Audiffrent, October i , 1852, CG, 6:399. Cours, 2:466. 32 L e f e b v r e , French Revolution, 2 : 3 1 5 . 466. A u g u s t e C o m t e , Testament d'Auguste Comte avec les documents qui s'y rapportent: Pieces justificatives, prieres quotidiennes, confessions annuelles, correspondance avec M m e de Vaux, zd ed. (Paris, 1896) (hereafter, Testament), 9.
37 There is no sign that Comte was ever on intimate terms with either of his siblings. His younger brother, Adolphe, was a rebel like Comte but manifested his defiance by avoiding his studies, going into debt, and leading a life of debauchery. Comte's sister, Alix, was sickly and prone to hysteria. Like her parents, she was intensely religious and politically conservative. Comte detested her. They seemed very jealous of each other, and the object of their sibling rivalry was usually their parents.
Auguste Comte: Volume 1: An Intellectual Biography (Auguste Comte Intellectual Biography) by Mary Pickering