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Nature volume 139, page 268 (13 February 1937) | Download Citation



(1) MR. MARVIN'S “Comte”, notwithstanding the brevity of treatment imposed by the limitations of the series of which it forms part, is one of the best and most lucid expositions of the doctrines of the founder of ‘sociology’ extant. Its merits, however, are not confined solely to its treatment of the positive philosophy and the religion of humanity as originally formulated. The author, having in mind the aim of the series to bring the principles of sociological ‘ thinkers into relation with the problems of to-day, has essayed the by no means easy task of evaluating the position of Comtian theories at the present time. In so doing, Mr. Marvin has analysed current trends of modern society in thought, in scientific discovery, and in social development, with an acute perception and a sanity of judgment, which not only provide an efficient antidote to current moods of superficial pessimism, but also convey a gospel to scientific workers and practical sociologists.

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