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Auguste Comte’s Reading Of Maistre’s Du Pape: Two Theories Of Spiritual Authority

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This chapter examines the notion of spiritual authority from the angle of a European bond. By spiritual authority, we understand the moral and intellectual influence that is shown by an authority worthy of faith. Three questions arise. Firstly, there is the question of how a European phenomenon became a common subject of reflection for both authors. What views about Europe brought two such distinct contemporaries together? Then, there are two more conceptual questions. Firstly, how did Joseph de Maistre conceive of relations between the papacy and European society in his work on the pope? And secondly, what is Auguste Comtes contribution to the theorisation of spiritual authority undertaken by Maistre?.

Keywords: Auguste Comte; Du Pape; Maistre; pope; Spiritual Authority



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