The Positive Philosophy.
Freely translated and condensed by Harriet Martineau.John Chapman, London , 1853 Stock Code: 122812
NotesFirst edition in English of Auguste Comte's Cours de Philosophie Positive, first published in French in six volumes between 1830 and 1842. Harriet Martineau's (1802-1876) translation and abridgement introduced Comte's epistemology to a British audience, where it was a major influence on Herbert Spencer and others. Comte's "attempt to link up all science, to relate its development to the progress of society, and to combine it with a system of improvement with humanity in place of an external supreme being, is still one of the major documents of secular philosophy" (PMM, 295).
2 volumes, octavo (194 x 121 mm). Contemporary brown half calf, spines gilt to compartments with red and green labels, marbled sides, endpapers and edges.
Bookplate of Horace White to pastedowns. Very slight wear to spines and covers, slight discolouration to rear joint of vol. I. An excellent set.
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