COMTE, Auguste

The Positive Philosophy ... .... freely translated and condensed by Harriet Martineau.

Published: London: John Chapman [Chapman's Quarterly Series nos.3 & 4]

Date: 1853

first edition in English 2 vols. large 12mo. xxxvi, 480; xvi, 561, [1], [2 (advts.)]pp., original blind-stamped dark brown cloth,

This very able condensation of Comte's six volumes into two is said to have so pleased the author that he recommended it to students of his work rather than his own original, and it was then retranslated back into French. Comte was a major influence on 19th-century thought. He developed a philosophy of the history of the sciences and of human social evolution that powerfully influenced such other major social thinkers such as Karl Marx and John Stuart Mill and which developed into to the modern social science of sociology.

1 cm. cracks in cloth joints of vol. 2, light trace from old paper shelf labels near foot of spines, very unobtrusive old college blind stamps and manuscript shelf numbers on title pages, else a very good fresh copy.


Offered by P & B Rowan