Within less than 200 years positivism – primarily a methodological decision to discuss “facts” instead of “ideas”, “sensations” or “matter” – has turned from a challenging philosophical position into the mainstream of scientific thought. Yet positivism was immediately more.

A global network reaches back into the years when Auguste Comte began to propagate the philosophical stance as a secular platform of social developments. Writers from George Eliot and Émile Zola to Michel Houellebecq, politicians like Kemal Atatürk, scientists from Heinrich Hertz to Stephen Hawking have promoted scentific theorising, technological progress, secular systems of education, and global solutions of the social question as pronounced positivists.

Our views are, after all those years, no longer simple. Religion, atheism or agnosticism? Didn’t we discredit the entire debate as purely theological? A secular religion? We have tested our own “Religion of Humanity”. The limitations of our epistemological stance? Logical positivism was all about defining the limitations of knowledge from within. Scientism? It has impressed us as little as the proclamations of “fundamental scepticism” whether they came from philosophers or conspiracy theorists. Knowledge is a historical and social construct and, as such, absolutely relative.

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Image: Comte’s apartment, La Maison d’Auguste Comte, photograph by Rémy Bourdeau

2 Replies to “Welcome!”

  1. When did it start?
    I just discovered that the first translation of Comte was made in Berlin, as early as 1824, in Friedrich Buchholz’s Neue Monatsschrift für Deutschland, historisch-politischen Inhalts
    I am surprised, because I thought that Comte’s international reception was first in Great Britain (Stuart Mill, in the 1840s, and even in 1828, when G. D’Eichthal went to London; and because the received view says that Germany has mainly been indifferent to, if not hostile to, Comte’s ideas.


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