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THE

POSITIVE PHILOSOPHY

AUGUSTE COMTE.

PRINTED BY BALLANTYNE AND COMPANY

EDINBURGH AND LONDON

THE

POSITIVE PHILOSOPHY

OF

AUGUSTE COMTE.

FREELY TRANSLATED AND CONDENSED

BY

HARRIET MARTINEAU.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL. II.

Second Edition.

LONDON:
TRUBNER & CO., LUDGATE HILL.

1875. .
[All rights reserved.]

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CONTENTS.

BOOK VI.
SOCIAL PHYSICS.

CHAPTER I.

NECESSITY AND OPPORTUNENESS OF THIS NEW SCIENCE.

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Proposal of the subject . .
Conditions of Order and Progress
The theological polity . .
Criterion of social doctrine .
Failure of the Theological polity
The Metaphysical polity. .
Becomes obstructive . . .
Dogma of Liberty of Conscience
Dogma of Equality . . . .
Dogma of the Sovereignty of the People .
Dogma of National Independence . .
Inconsistency of the Metaphysical doctrine .
Notion of a state of Nature
Adhesion to the worn-out . . . .
Recurrence to war . . .
Principle of Political Centralization
The Stationary doctrine. .
Dangers of the critical period .
Intellectual anarchy . . .
Destruction of public morality.
Private morality . . .
Political corruption. .
Low aims of political questions .
Fatal to Progress . . . . .
Fatal to Order . . . .

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