The Positive Mind

In the final, the positive, state, the mind has given over the vain search after absolute notions, the origin and destination of the universe, and the causes of phenomena, and applies itself to the study of their laws—that is, their invariable relations of succession and resemblance. Reasoning and observation, duly combined, are the means of this knowledge. What is now understood when we speak of an explanation of facts is simply the establishment of a connection between single phenomena and some general facts.


Doesn't concern itself with absolute truth, but is focused on laws and how facts tie into them.

Folksonomies: facts theory

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Cognition (0.970917): dbpedia | freebase | opencyc
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Knowledge (0.730638): dbpedia | freebase
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 The Positive Philosophy
Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Comte , Auguste (1974), The Positive Philosophy, Ams Pr Inc, Retrieved on 2012-02-02
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