(17981857). Fr. philos. and math.; founded positivism*; in Cours de philosophie positive he sought to est. 3 stages of mental evolution: theol., metaphysical, and scientific; sought to remove the supernatural from religion and make religion a force for secular and soc. reforms. Other works include Catechisme positiviste; Systime de politique positive. See also Altruism.
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