Sociology And Society

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    Why is Auguste Comte called the father of Sociology ?


    Auguste Comte is called the father of sociology because he coined the word ‘Sociology’ in 1830, for that branch of science which studied human behaviour. In fact, he created a hierarchy of sciences in which he put sociology at the top. He argued that sciences dealing with simple phenomena were first to arrive. Since sociology deals with the most complex phenomena of social behaviour it is a recent addition to the sciences.

    He suggested first of all that sociologists should use the tools of research developed by natural sciences. He developed a rational approach (scientific method) to the study of society based on observations and experiments.

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