Thomas Meaney is a doctoral candidate in history at Columbia. (October 2012)

The Religion of Science and Its High Priest

The French philosopher Auguste Comte
In his heyday, Auguste Comte (1798–1857) captivated some of the brightest minds of the nineteenth century with his alternative to religion, which he called positivism. Among his admirers we find John Stuart Mill, Alexander von Humboldt, George Eliot, Rabindranath Tagore, and, in this country, the founder of The New Republic, …