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"State of Nature, Stages of Society"Enlightenment Conjectural History and Modern Social Discourse$
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Frank Palmeri

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231175166

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231175166.001.0001

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Comte, Spencer, and the Science of Society

Comte, Spencer, and the Science of Society

(p.89) 3 Comte, Spencer, and the Science of Society
"State of Nature, Stages of Society"

Frank Palmeri

Columbia University Press

The Enlightenment conjectural historians Condorcet and Ferguson exerted a strong influence on the founders of sociology, Comte and Spencer. Comte acknowledges the influence of Condorcet, yet paradoxically produces a positivist philosophy that is based on conjecturalist thought; Spencer denies any influence, but almost exactly reiterates the conjectural form.

Keywords:   sociology, positivist philosophy, religion, Comte, Spencer

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