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Auguste Comte (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 which is systematic observation and experimentation. He coined the term sociology (though he originally called it social physics) in the 1830s 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.

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ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “Auguste Comte (1798–1857).” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved August 24, 2019 (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 August 24, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/auguste-comte/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“Auguste Comte (1798–1857).” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 24 Aug. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/auguste-comte/>.