Auguste Comte and the Religion of Humanity by Andrew Wernick
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Auguste Comte and the Religion of Humanity
By Andrew Wernick

Auguste Comte and the Religion of Humanity

The Post-theistic Program of French Social Theory

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Auguste Comte and the Religion of Humanity by Andrew Wernick

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This 2001 book offers an exciting reinterpretation of Auguste Comte, the founder of French sociology. Following the development of his philosophy of positivism, Comte later focused on the importance of the emotions in his philosophy resulting in the creation of a new religious system, the Religion of Humanity. Andrew Wernick provides the first in-depth critique of Comte's concept of religion and its place in his thinking on politics, sociology and philosophy of science. He places Comte's ideas in the context of post-1789 French political and intellectual history, and of modern philosophy, especially postmodernism. Wernick relates Comte to Marx and Nietzsche as seminal figures of modernity and examines key features of modern and postmodern French social theory, tracing the inherent flaws and disintegration of Comte's system. Wernick offers original and fascinating insights in this rich study which will attract a wide audience from sociologists and philosophers to cultural theorists and historians.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521023627
ISBN-10: 0521023629
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Pages: 292
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 24-Nov-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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This 2001 book is a critique of Comte's concept of religion and its place in his thinking on politics, sociology and philosophy of science.

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A collection of internationally recognised scholars address the postmodern shake-up of theory, culture and politics, which has led to a new encounter between the humanities and the discourses of religion.

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Author Biography - Andrew Wernick

Andrew Wernick is Professor of Cultural Studies and Sociology at Trent University, Ontario, Canada. He is Director of the Center for the Study of Theory, Culture and Politics, and Director of the Graduate Program in Methodologies for the Study of Western History and Culture. His publications include Promotional Culture (1991), Shadow of Spirit: Religion and Postmodernism (with P Berry, 1993) and Images of Ageing (with M Featherstone, 1994).

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