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Brentano and the positive philosophy of Comte and Mill

with translations of original writings on philosophy as science by Franz Brentano

edited byIon Tănăsescu(Institute of philosophy and psychology Constantin Radulescu-Motru)Alexandru Bejinariu(Alexandru Dragomir Institute for Philosophy)Susan Krantz GabrielConstantin Stoenescu


Before now, there has been no comprehensive analysis of the multiple relations between A. Comte’s and J.S. Mill’s positive philosophy and Franz Brentano’s work. The present volume aims to fill this gap and to identify Brentano’s position in the context of the positive philosophy of the 19th century by analyzing the following themes: the concept of positive knowledge; philosophy and empirical, genetic and descriptive psychology as sciences in Brentano, Comte and Mill; the strategies for the rebirth of philosophy in these three authors; the theory of the ascending stages of thought, of their decline, of the intentionality in Comte and Brentano; the reception of Comte’s positivism in Whewell and Mill; induction and phenomenalism in Brentano, Mill and Bain; the problem of the "I" in Hume and Brentano; mathematics as a foundational science in Brentano, Kant and Mill; Brentano’s critique of Mach’s positivism; the concept of positive science in Brentano’s metaphysics and in Husserl’s early phenomenology; the reception of Brentano’s psychology in Twardowski; The Brentano Institute at Oxford. The volume also contains the translation of the most significant writings of Brentano regarding philosophy as science.

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Comte on psychology

the criticism of “inner observation” and the constitution of the “systematic view of the soul”

Michel Bourdeau


Comte and Brentano

Elements for a theory of decline

Bianca Savu


Descriptive and intentional contents

considerations on Husserl's Logical Investigations from Brentano’s Empirical Point of View

Alexandru Bejinariu(Alexandru Dragomir Institute for Philosophy)


On Schelling’s philosophy

Lecture given to the Philosophical Society, December 17, 1889

Franz Brentano


On the Future of Philosophy

With a Sympathetic Critique of Adolf Exner's Inaugural Lecture as President of the University of Vienna, "On Political Culture"

Franz Brentano



Publication details

Publisher: de Gruyter

Place: Berlin

Year: 2022

Pages: 616

ISBN (hardback): 9783110738858

ISBN (digital): 9783110734645

Full citation:

Tănăsescu Ion, Bejinariu Alexandru, Krantz Gabriel Susan, Stoenescu Constantin (2022) Brentano and the positive philosophy of Comte and Mill: with translations of original writings on philosophy as science by Franz Brentano. Berlin, de Gruyter.