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During the last ten years, a considerable amount of scholarship has been devoted to the different aspects of Auguste Comte's life, his thought, and the theoretical, ideological, cultural and practical influence of his positivism. This attempt to revive the interest in Comte's philosophy after decades of indifference or contempt has resulted in a flow of contributions, within which no recess of the Comtean corpus seems to have escaped the zeal of commentators. However, despite its unattractiveness, Comte's treatment of the issue of sexual equality offers an interesting vantage point from which to assess the consistency of his ideas. The benefit of approaching Comte's philosophy via its treatment of sexual equality is that Comte had addressed the problem in a correspondence with another luminary of the nineteenth century, namely John Stuart Mill.

Keywords: Auguste Comte; Comtean corpus; John Stuart Mill; sexual equality



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