Isidore Auguste Marie François Xavier (Auguste) Comte

1798–1857

French philosopher. Private secretary to Claude Henri de Rouvroy, comte de Saint-Simon, 1817–23. Founded the Association Polytechnique, a group devoted to education of the working classes, in 1830; and the Société Positiviste, devoted to the promulgation of the "Cult of Humanity" in 1848. Adopted the term "positivism" for his philosophy.

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