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L’opinion publique organique : Auguste Comte et la vraie théorie de l’opinion publique

Abstract : Auguste Comte puts public opinion at the heart of sociology and, as a consequence, the politics that flows from it. This sets Comte apart from his contemporaries and from mainstream sociology. Auguste Comte’s singularity can be seen above all in his analysis of public opinion. Comte sees public opinion as a social force par excellence, playing a major role first of all in the intermediate phase, as society resists dispersion forces, then, in the positive age, a governing role over benevolent affection and social networks. It is organic public opinion. The job of defending society assigned by Comte to positive philosophy means that there is a symbiotic relationship between sociology and public opinion.
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Dominique Reynié. L’opinion publique organique : Auguste Comte et la vraie théorie de l’opinion publique. Archives de Philosophie, Centre Sèvres, 2007, pp.95 - 114. ⟨hal-03415975⟩

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