Auguste Comte and Consensus Formation in American Religious Thought—Part 1: The Creation of Consensus
AbstractFrench intellectual Auguste Comte was the most influential sociologist and philosopher of science in the Nineteenth Century. This first of two articles summarizes his complex life’s works and details reactions to them by Transcendentalists and Unitarians, from its American introduction in 1837 until just after the Civil War. Using public speeches and published essays, the article analyzes the ways in which intellectuals supported and criticized Comte’s theories. Because he wrote in such abstract and difficult French, criticisms centered not on the nuances of his work, but more superficially on his alleged atheism. These attacks occur because of a variety of consequences of the Civil War that had little to do directly with Comte’s philosophy. Instead, Comte was a convenient vehicle for expressing anxiety over a modernism that included an accelerated threat against religion posed by technology and science and the emerging dominance of that secular knowledge in universities. The second article will analyze Comte’s influence on later Transcendentalists and other post-Unitarian thinkers. View Full-Text
Scifeed alert for new publicationsNever miss any articles matching your research from any publisher
- Get alerts for new papers matching your research
- Find out the new papers from selected authors
- Updated daily for 49'000+ journals and 6000+ publishers
- Define your Scifeed now
Sacks, K.S. Auguste Comte and Consensus Formation in American Religious Thought—Part 1: The Creation of Consensus. Religions 2017, 8, 147.
Sacks KS. Auguste Comte and Consensus Formation in American Religious Thought—Part 1: The Creation of Consensus. Religions. 2017; 8(8):147.Chicago/Turabian Style
Sacks, Kenneth S. 2017. "Auguste Comte and Consensus Formation in American Religious Thought—Part 1: The Creation of Consensus." Religions 8, no. 8: 147.
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.