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Auguste Comte (1798–1857) was a French philosopher founder of the discipline of sociology and of the doctrine of positivism. The museum is a private museum and archive dedicated to him. It is maintained by the Association internationale Auguste Comte.
Comte lived in this appartement located on the second floor until his death. It was refurnished according to the inventory in the 1960. It was here that he wrote the four volumes of Système de politique positive (1851–1854), his last treatise of positivist philosophy.
The apartment is composed of five main rooms (dining room, living room, study, classroom, bedroom) with vestibule, and contains Comte's writing desk, portraits of Clotilde de Vaux and various disciples, personal effects, and handwritten letters, as well as a library of positivist writings that contains about 600 books in French, including first editions of his works, 250 books in other languages, a thousand brochures, and four collections of periodicals.