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 (kŏm′tĭz′əm, kôN′-)
The positivist philosophy of Auguste Comte.

Com′tist n.


positivism, def. 1.
See also: Philosophy
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Noun1.Comtism - Auguste Comte's positivistic philosophy that metaphysics and theology should be replaced by a hierarchy of sciences from mathematics at the base to sociology at the top
logical positivism, positivism - the form of empiricism that bases all knowledge on perceptual experience (not on intuition or revelation)
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These uncertainties are in marked contrast to Arnold's consistency in his revised account of Comte and Comtism, in which he steadfastly refuses to use the word "prophet": Jacobinism's "addiction to a prophet and a system" becomes its addiction to "an abstract system"; culture's opposition to "a prophet" becomes its opposition to "a system-maker"; and Jacobinism's wish that "its prophet .