chapter  13
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Thirteen Social Physics: Saint- Simon and Comte

More surprising than anything else in Saint-Simon’s career is the great fascination that towards the end of his life he exercised on younger men, some of them intellectually his superiors, who yet for years were satisfi ed to devil for him, to recognise him as their leader, and to bring coherence and order into the thoughts thrown out by him, and whose whole intellectual careers were determined by his infl uence. Of none other is this more true than of Auguste Comte, whatever in later life he may have said about “the unfortunate personal infl uence that overshadowed my earliest efforts” or the “depraved juggler”, as whom he had come to regard Saint-Simon.1