Auguste Comte (1798 - 1857)

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CIE AS-Level Sociology. Mind map on Auguste Comte.

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Auguste Comte (1798 - 1857)
  1. French philosopher & mathematician
    1. raised the question of how social order was created and maintained.
      1. argued case for a scientific method (positivism) through which the "laws of social development" could be discovered.
        1. argued that all human societies passed through 3 stages.
          1. the theological

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            • order based on religious controls & beliefs
            1. the metaphysical

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              • transition phase. -- characterised by upheaval & disorder (religious order challenged by emergence of science)
              1. the positive

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                • science and reason revealed the true nature of the social world and replaced religion as the basis of the social order.
              2. adopted a "consensus" perspective which stressed that social order was created & maintained through co-operation.
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