Split of Comte and Simon
Comte absorbed whatever Saint-Simon had to give him without delay. However, Comte sought to shed the teaching that was becoming an ever-greater burden on him. Comte accused his instructor of attempting to usurp his ideas and left him soon.
Finally, notwithstanding their disagreement, Comte was nonetheless regarded by the general public as one of the master’s most authoritative advocates. With rare exceptions, the Saint-Simonians had the distinguishing trait of never having personally met the one they called “the father,” while Comte had been on close terms with him, earning him their extraordinary hostility. Unfortunately, due to the cerebral crisis, Comte could not capitalize on the respect he received and vanished from the public eye until 1844.