Positivist Positively Against Positivism

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auguste comte on statistics.

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…Comte was against the use of statistics because he feared that society, as a set of organic relations, would suffer faulty political prescriptions if any element of it were subjected to the calculus of inductive inference.

— Thomas Meaney, “The Religion of Science and Its High Priest,” New York Review of Books

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