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Isis Unveiled: chapter III (The mirror of the soul)

""Positivism", perorates one of them, "is an integral doctrine. It rejects completely all forms of theological and metaphysical belief; all forms of supernaturalism, and thus - Spiritualism. The true positive spirit consists in substituting the study of the invariable laws of phenomena for that of their so-called causes, whether proximate or primary.   On this [...]

Isis Unveiled: chapter III (The mirror of the soul)

"It really would be losing time to quote any more of these paradoxical dissertations. Comte attained to the apotheosis of absurdity and inconsistency when, after inventing his philosophy, he named it a "Religion". And, as is usually the case, the disciples have surpassed the reformer - in absurdity.   Supposititious philosophers, who shine in the [...]

Isis Unveiled: chapter III (The mirror of the soul)

"In the opinion of the Romish clergy, who labour under a chronic nightmare of the devil, Comte offers his "woman of the future" to the possession of the "incubi." In the opinion of more prosaic persons, the Divinity of Positivism, must henceforth be regarded as a biped broodmare.   Even Littre, made prudent restrictions while [...]

Isis Unveiled: chapter III (The mirror of the soul)

"It would be vain to seek, either through the tedious circumlocution of the six volumes of hid Cours de Philosophie Positive, or in that parody on priesthood, in the form of a dialogue - The Catechism of the Religion of Positivism - any idea suggestive of even provisional remedies for such evils. His disciples suggest [...]