Auguste Comte
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"Isidore Auguste Marie François Xavier Comte", better known as "Auguste Comte", was a French philosopher. He was a founder of the discipline of sociology and of the doctrine of positivism. He is sometimes regarded as the first philosophy of science/philosopher of science in the modern sense of the term.

Influenced by the utopian socialist Henri Saint-Simon, Comte developed the positive philosophy in an attempt to remedy the social malaise of the French Revolution, calling for a new social doctrine based on the sciences. Comte was a major influence on 19th-century thought, influencing the work of social thinkers such as Karl Marx, John Stuart Mill, and George Eliot. His concept of sociologie and social evolutionism set the tone for early social theorists and anthropologists such as Harriet Martineau and Herbert Spencer, evolving into modern academic sociology presented by Émile Durkheim as practical and objective social research.

Comte's social theories culminated in the "Religion of Humanity", which influenced the development of Religious humanism/religious humanist and Secular humanism/secular humanist organizations in the 19th century. Comte likewise coined the word altruisme (Altruism (ethics)/altruism).

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The dead govern the living.

Each department of knowledge passes through three stages. The theoretic stage; the theological stage and the metaphysical or abstract stage.