Positivism, The Scientific Study Of Social Patterns And Behavior

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. Many sociologists come to a disagreement and different approaches to the Sociological concept of positivism and antipositivism. Positivism is the scientific study of social patterns. This pertains to the use of scientific methods to get a more clear understanding of the natural world. Auguste Comte was the founder of this concept. Comte believed the way that society interacts with individuals using positivism would usher in a new “positivist” age of history. Comte concept of positivism is still relevant today. Since then positivism has been expanded and became the foundation for quantitative sociology. Quantitative sociology is the use of empirical evidence to gain an understanding of human patterns and behavior. For example, surveys with a large amount of participants, and other statistical techniques are used in Quantitative sociology according to “Introduction to society”.

Other sociologist such as Emile Durkheim have developed different notions of positivism. Durkheim believed that objective “social facts” (poggi 2000) was useful information that sociologist could study upon, unlike the sociologist who believe in antipositivism which is the use of subjective knowledge to understand more about society and individuals. Durkheim perception of positivism went to a much further degree. According to “Introduction to sociology” Durkheim believed through the research of positivism, it would be possible to separate society into two…

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