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Comte, Isidore-Auguste-Marie-François-Xavier (1798–1857)

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10.4324/9780415249126-DC016-2
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DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-DC016-2
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List of works

  • Comte, A. (1830–42) Cours de philosophie positive (Course in Positive Philosophy), Paris, 6 vols; new edition, ed. M. Serres et al., Paris: Hermann, 1975, 2 vols; trans. and condensed H. Martineau, The Positive Philosophy of Auguste Comte, London, 2 vols. (Most influential work.)

  • Comte, A. (1843) Traité élementaire de géométrie analytique (Elementary Treatise on Analytical Geometry), Paris. (Manual on teaching geometry.)

  • Comte, A. (1844) Discours sur l’esprit positif (A Discourse on the Positive Spirit), new edition, Paris: Vrin, 1995. (Short introduction to positivism.)

  • Comte, A. (1844) Traité philosophique d’astronomie populaire (Philosophical Treatise on Popular Astronomy), Paris; new edition, Paris: Fayard, 1985. (Lectures on astronomy.)

  • Comte, A. (1848) Discours sur l’ensemble du positivisme (A General View of Positivism), Paris; new edition, Paris: Société Positiviste, 1907. (Short introduction to positivism.)

  • Comte, A. (1851–4) Système de politique positive ou Traité de sociologie instituant la religion de l’Humanité (System of Positive Politics or Treatise of Sociology Instituting the Religion of Humanity), Paris, 4 vols; trans. J.H. Bridges, F. Harrison et al., System of Positive Polity, London, 1875, 4 vols; repr. New York: Burt & Franklin, 1966. (An overview of Comte’s religion, science of morality, and socio-political system.)

  • Comte, A. (1852) Catéchisme positiviste (Positivist Catechism), Paris; new edition, Paris: Garnier, 1966; trans. The Catechism of Positive Religion, London, 1891. (Overview of positivism, featuring woman and positivist priest.)

  • Comte, A. (1855) Appel aux conservateurs (Appeal to Conservatives), Paris; trans. Appeal to Conservatives, London, 1889; new edition, Paris: Editions du Sandre, 2009. (Appeal to conservatives.)

  • Comte, A. (1856) Synthèse subjective ou Système universel des conceptions propres à l’état normal de l’Humanité (Subjective Synthesis or Universal System of Conceptions Proper to the Normal State of Humanity), vol. 1: Traité de philosophie mathématique, Paris; trans. Subjective Synthesis, London, 1891. (Comte’s last work, covering chiefly mathematics.)

  • Comte, A. (1896) Testament d’Auguste Comte avec les documents qui s’y rapportent: pièces justificatives, prières quotidiennes, confessions annuelles, correspondance avec Mme de Vaux. (Testament of Auguste Comte with Related Documents: Supporting Documents, Daily Prayers, Annual Confessions, Correspondence with Mme de Vaux), 2nd edition, Paris. (Posthumous work containing his correspondence with Clotilde de Vaux.)

  • Comte, A. (1970) Écrits de jeunesse, 1816–28 (Early Writings, 1816–28), ed. P.E. de Berrêdo Carneiro and P. Arnaud, Paris: Mouton. (His early writings, including the ‘fundamental opuscule’.)

  • Comte, A. (1973–90) Correspondance générale et confessions (General Correspondence and Confessions), ed. P.E. de Berredo Carneiro, P. Arnaud, P. Arbousse-Bastide, and A. Kremer-Marietti, Paris: École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, 8 vols. (Comte’s correspondence.)

  • Comte, A. (1995) The Correspondence of John Stuart Mill and Auguste Comte, trans. O. Haac, New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers. (A translation of the correspondence between Comte and Mill.)

  • Comte, A. (1998) Early Political Writings, ed. H. S. Jones, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Comte’s early political essays in English.)

  • Comte, A. (2017) Cours sur l’histoire de l’humanité (1849–1851) (Course on the History of Humanity [1849–1851]), ed. L. Fedi, Geneva: Droz. (Comte’s course on the history of Humanity.)

References and further reading

  • Bensaude, B. and Petit, A. (1976) ‘Le féminisme militant d’un auguste phallocrate’, Revue philosophique 3: 293–311. (On Comte’s views of women.)

  • Bourdeau, M. (2006) Les trois états: Science, théologie et métaphysique chez Auguste Comte, Paris: Editions du Cerf, 2006. (Good introduction to Comte’s thought.)

  • Bourdeau, M. (2019) ‘Saint-Simon et Auguste Comte: la fin d’une collaboration, 1822–1824’, Archives De Philosophie: 771–790. (Reconsideration of Comte’s relationship with Saint-Simon.)

  • Bourdeau, M., and Chazel, F., eds. (2002) Auguste Comte et l’idée de science de l’homme, Paris: L’Harmattan. (Comte’s sociology.)

  • Bourdeau, M., Pickering, M., and Schmaus, W., eds. (2018) Love, Order & Progress: The Science, Philosophy and Politics of Auguste Comte, Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press. (Overview of Comte’s philosophy and legacy with excellent bibliography.)

  • Braunstein, J.-F. (2009) La philosophie de la médecine d’Auguste Comte; vaches carnivores, Vierge Mère et morts vivants, Paris: PUF. (Comte’s philosophy of medicine and eccentric ideas.)

  • Clauzade, L. (2009) L’organe de la pensée; biologie et philosophie chez Auguste Comte, Besançon: Presses universitaires de Franche-Comté. (Comte’s philosophy of biology.)

  • Feichtinger, J., Fillager, Fr., and Surman, J., eds. (2018) The Worlds of Positivism: A Global Intellectual History, 1770–1930, London: Palgrave Macmillan. (Excellent overview of his influence.)

  • Gane, M. (2006) Auguste Comte, London: Routledge. (Comte’s sociology.)

  • Gouhier, H. (1933–41) La jeunesse d’Auguste Comte et la formation du positivisme, Paris: Vrin, 3 vols. (First in-depth look at Comte’s youth.)

  • Gouhier, H. (1997) La vie d’Auguste Comte (2nd revised edition), Paris: Vrin. (Short biography.)

  • Grange, J. (1996) La philosophie d’Auguste Comte: Science, politique, religion, Paris: Presses Universitaires de France. (Comte’s philosophy.)

  • Guillin, V. (2009) Auguste Comte and John Stuart Mill on Sexual Equality: Historical, Methodological and Philosophical Issues, Amsterdam: Brill. (Examination of Comte’s and Mill’s ideas.)

  • Laudan, L. (1971) ‘Towards a Reassessment of Comte’s “Méthode Positive”’, Philosophy of Science 37: 35–53. (On Comte’s scientific method.)

  • Lenzer, G. (1998) Auguste Comte and Positivism: The Essential Writings, New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers. (Anthology of Comte’s writings in English.)

  • Lepenies, W. (1988) Between Literature and Science: The Rise of Sociology, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Excellent chapter on the development of Comte’s sociology.)

  • Petit, A., ed. (2003) Auguste Comte, Trajectoires positivistes 1798–1998, Paris: L’Harmattan. (Study of Comte’s influence in France.)

  • Petit, A. (2016) Le système d’Auguste Comte, de la science à la religion par la philosophie, Paris: Vrin. (Study of Comte’s system.)

  • Pickering, M. (1993–2009) Auguste Comte: An Intellectual Biography, 3 vols. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (In-depth study of Comte’s life and works.)

  • Pickering, M. (2019) ‘Positivism in European Intellectual, Political, and Religious Life’, in The Cambridge History of Modern European Thought, vol. 1, edited by Warren Breckman and Peter Gordon, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Examination of positivism’s influence in Europe.)

  • Pickering, M. (2019) ‘Auguste Comte and Positivism’, in The Cambridge History of French Thought, edited by Jeremy Jennings and Michael Moriarty, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Examination of positivism’s influence in France.)

  • Scharff, R.C. (1995) Comte after Positivism, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Study of Comte’s philosophy, especially his epistemology.)

  • Schmaus, W. (1982) ‘A Reappraisal of Comte’s Three-State Law’, History and Theory 21(2): 248–266. (Study of Comte’s famous law of history.)

  • Varouxakis, G. (2017) ‘The Godfather of “Occidentality”: Auguste Comte and the Idea of “The West”’, Modern Intellectual History: 1–31. (Study of Comte’s politics.)

  • Vernon, R. (1984) ‘Auguste Comte and the Withering-away of the State’, Journal of the History of Ideas 45: 549–566. (Study of Comte’s politics.)

  • Wernick, A. (2001) Auguste Comte and the Religion of Humanity, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Study of Comte’s religion.)

  • Wernick, A., ed. (2017) The Anthem Companion to Auguste Comte, New York: Anthem Press. (Anthology of essays on Comte’s thought and influence.)

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