“The Church of Humanity”: New York's Worshipping Positivists

  title={“The Church of Humanity”: New York's Worshipping Positivists},
  author={Gillis J. Harp},
  journal={Church History},
  pages={508 - 523}
  • G. J. Harp
  • Published 1 December 1991
  • History
  • Church History
The philosophy of Auguste Comte changed irrevocably the intellectual contours of nineteenth-century Europe. In the Anglo-American world, John Stuart Mill was profoundly influenced by Comte's magisterial Cours de philosophie positive (1830–1842) and Mill's work became an important conduit through which Americans such as John Fiske, Lester F. Ward and Henry Adams encountered positivism. Comte's controversial later work (especially the Systéme de politique positive [1851–1854]) was also… 
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