Auguste Comte

(Isidore Marie Auguste François Xavier Comte)

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All good intellects have repeated, since Bacon's time, that there can be no real knowledge but that which is based on observed facts. This is incontestable, in our present advanced stage; but, if we look back to the primitive stage of human knowledge, we shall see that it must have been otherwise History
Foreknowledge is power. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
In mathematics we find the primitive source of rationality; and to mathematics must the biologists resort for means to carry out their researches. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
The dead govern the living. Policy & Policy Making
The word—right—should be excluded from political language, as the word—cause—from the language of philosophy. Both are theological and metaphysical conceptions; and the former is as immoral and subversive as the latter is unmeaning and sophistical. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
When men do not know the natural causes of things, they simply attribute them to wills like their own; thus they obtain a theory which provisionally takes the place of science, and this theory forms a basis for theology. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Demography is destiny.
Each department of knowledge passes through three stages. The theoretic stage; the theological stage and the metaphysical or abstract stage. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Every science consists in the coordination of facts; if the different observations were entirely isolated, there would be no science. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Ideas govern the world, or throw it into chaos.
Indeed, every true science has for its object the determination of certain phenomena by means of others, in accordance with the relations which exist between them. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Know yourself to improve yourself.
Men are not allowed to think freely about chemistry and biology: why should they be allowed to think freely about political philosophy?
The only real life is the collective life of the race; individual life has no existence except as an abstraction. Life
The word 'right' should be excluded from political language, as the word 'cause' from the language of philosophy.
To understand a science, it is necessary to know its history. History ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology