CFP: British Literature and Sociology, 1838-1910

Though Émile Durkheim, Max Weber, and Georg Simmel are generally regarded as the “founders” of sociology as a discipline, sociological theory was actually rooted in nineteenth-century culture as intellectuals and scientists attempted to make sense... Read More | Share it now!

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The Last Religion | An interview with Hugo Pinto

Humanity, Positivist Temple Rio de Janeiro (c) Paul Marret

Olaf Simons: You have made a beautiful film on Positivism in Brazil. "The Last Religion" (Documentary about Positivism in Brazil, 2015) from Hugo Pinto on Vimeo. What gave you the idea to work on such a – shall I say strange –... Read More | Share it now!

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Some More Thoughts on Secular Humanism and Its Special Brand of Scientism

Stephen LeDrew’s Book on the Evolution of Atheism has apparently asked the right questions – if I read Patrik Lindenfors’s considerations at Humanistbloggen correctly. (The Google Translate English version is actually quite readable). What... Read More | Share it now!

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Atheism, Like Theology, Discusses Insoluble Mysteries

This is the complete passage on “atheism, materialism, fatalism, and optimism” of Auguste Comte’s A General View of Positivism, first published in French in 1848, the English text taken from Frederick Harrison’s edition... Read More | Share it now!

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Is Atheism a Belief? Yes, if you are looking for an interesting descriptive model

This is not really a question Let me first examine the question in its functionality. It is essentially a move “theists” (today a term atheist are keeping alive) might make to vex atheists over their particular problems with agnosticism. It is... Read More | Share it now!

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The Life of Auguste Comte: Final Chapter – “Life in the anticipation of the Grave” | by Henri Gouhier

Available also in Portuguese Auguste Comte’s Religion of Humanity was far more than the all-embracing philosophical proposal he outlined in the sixth chapter of his General View on Positivism in 1848 – the treatise he would publish again in his... Read More | Share it now!

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Saving Wikipedia (2): The medium of second-hand knowledge

Why is it that Wikipedia is a man’s world? Why is our community 90% male, mostly white, either young or retired, mostly nerds, people whom you will not meet in clubs, a high rate of temporary singles… and mostly amateurs in the fields of their... Read More | Share it now!

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A vida de Auguste Comte: Capítulo final – “Habitando um túmulo antecipado” | por Henri Gouhier

Available also in English Sobre as orações de Comte – algumas observações introdutórias O quadro esboçado por Henri Gouhier – exposto com fortes doses de ironia, a título de “crítica” – apresenta um painel intenso e bonito de alguns... Read More | Share it now!

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Comte’s cerebral hygiene finally rehabilited – C. P. G. Grey’s viral message on viral memes

This video has gone viral. It is wonderfully concise and designed to be both haunting and self-reflexive. We are all subjected to these viral pieces of information. We see them, they trigger an emotion, and all we have to do is press share ore like... Read More | Share it now!

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Auguste Comte’s Religion of Humanity | by John Stuart Mill

The following passages are an excerpt from John Stuart Mill‘s Auguste Comte and Positivism, a book lenght appraisal of Comte’s philosophy including his theory of knowledge, his Religion of Humanity and his ideas of future societies. The... Read More | Share it now!

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Émile Zola to France’s Young Generation (1893)

“Science promised the truth, and it is questionable if happiness can be made out of facts” — Émile Zola on the fin de siècle and all new dreams of strength and heroism in New York Times June 11, 1893. M. ZOLA GIVES SOME ADVICE HE... Read More | Share it now!

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New edition of Auguste Comte’s ‘Cours de philosophie positive’, Lessons 46-51 (1830-42)

The volume contains Comte’s first six lessons on sociology edited and freshly annotated by Michel Bourdeau, Laurent Clauzade, and Frédéric Dupin. Political arguments showing the necessity and timeliness of the science of society Survey of... Read More | Share it now!

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