By Mary Pickering
This ebook constitutes the 1st quantity of a projected two-volume highbrow biography of Auguste Comte, the founding father of sleek sociology and a philosophical circulate referred to as positivism. quantity One deals a reinterpretation of Comte's "first career," (1798-1842) whilst he accomplished the medical starting place of his philosophy. It describes the interaction among Comte's rules and the ancient context of postrevolutionary France, his struggles with poverty and psychological sickness, and his unstable relationships with associates, kin, and co-workers, together with such recognized contemporaries as Saint-Simon, the Saint-Simonians, Guizot, and John Stuart Mill. Pickering exhibits that the fellow who known as for a brand new social philosophy in accordance with the sciences was once not just in poor health comfortable within the most elementary human relationships, but additionally profoundly puzzled the facility of the basically clinical spirit to regenerate the political and social global.