Auguste Comte: The Father Of Sociology, By Auguste Comte

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Auguste Comte was born in the late eighteenth century. His family was devout Catholic’s, and enforced their religion onto him as a young child. Comte is viewed as a Positivistic- Organic theorist, and is known as the ‘Father of Sociology’. When Comte became older he began to turn his back on Catholicism. He was heavily influenced by Henri Saint- Simon, and Adam Smith. After working with Saint- Simon they had a falling out. Comte was married for a short time and referred to his marriage as a “domestic anchorage” (Coser, 17). Comte believes that in order for a society to function it needs social statics, and social dynamics. Lewis Coser points out in Masters of Sociological Thought that Comte believed,” The family, the estates, the guild, the local community all has their proper sphere of authority.” He believed that the only way society could function is if all of these institutions were working together. (Coser, 17-25). He believed that family was the strongest unit that society could have. If a society has a strong family structure then society will be able to function to its fullest extent. …show more content…

Without the family he believed there would be no stability or order. He believed that without the family society would not even be able to function. He was concerned with the family because he believed that every institution had evolved from that unit. Comte even mentions that,” families become tribes, and tribes become nations, so that the whole human race might be conceived of as the gradual development of a single family.” (Auguste Comte, 221-276). Comte believed that every institution in a society stems from one institution, the

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