Cours de philosophie positive.

Paris, Bachelier, 1830-1842.

Six vols, 8vo, pp. viii, 742, with 1 folding table; 724; 848; xi, [1], 736; [6], 776; xxxviii, [2], 904; a little foxed, but a very good copy in contemporary half calf, panelled spines filleted and lettered in gilt, marbled boards, one or two joints rubbed, split or splitting.


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First edition, an attractive set, of Comte’s principal work, the outline of positivism. In the course of six volumes Comte sets out the terms of a new sociology and its status in relations to the other fields of knowledge. In fact it is in the forty-seventh lesson that the neologism ‘sociologie’ as ‘social physics’ is coined. ‘The remarkable achievement of Comte, all arguments about the validity of his theories aside, is the construction of a system which embraces all human activity and knowledge. [It] is still one of the major documents of secular philosophy’ (PMM). PMM 295; En français dans le texte, 245.

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