Auguste Comte (1798–1857)

Isidore Auguste Marie François Xavier Comte known better as Auguste Comte (1798–1857) was a French philosopher remembered as the founder of positivism which advocates systematic observation and experimentation; he coined the term sociology (though he originally called it social physics) in 1834 and established 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 and he is considered the founder of sociology.

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