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Comte, Auguste (1798–1857)

Isidore Auguste Marie François Xavier Comte known better as Auguste Comte (1798–1857) was a French philosopher and considered the founder of sociology. Comte advocated for positivism and coined the term sociology (though he originally called it social physics) in the 1830s, establishing sociology as a systematic field of study. Comte divided the study of society into social dynamics and social statics. Comte’s influence on sociology continues today.

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Cite the Definition of Auguste Comte

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “Auguste Comte (1798–1857).” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved May 23, 2024 (https://sociologydictionary.org/auguste-comte/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

Auguste Comte (1798–1857). (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/auguste-comte/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “Auguste Comte (1798–1857).” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed May 23, 2024. https://sociologydictionary.org/auguste-comte/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“Auguste Comte (1798–1857).” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 23 May. 2024. <https://sociologydictionary.org/auguste-comte/>.