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Lecture 4

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University of Toronto Scarborough
Ivanka Knezevic

Class OutlineCourseSOCB42H3YLecture 26052010Topic Auguste ComteKey educational goalsoutcomes for todayUnderstand characteristics of Comtes positivism and his view about the proper method of sociologyNote the division between social statics and social dynamics which persisted into the th20c sociologyUnderstand that contrary to this division Comte believed as do all evolutioniststhat social structure and change could not be understood in isolationKnow characteristics of individuals according to Comte and their influence on his ideas of positive societyKnow characteristics of stages of social development Understand the core contradiction in Comtes work that between positivism and thereligion of humanityReadingsAshley and Orenstein Chapter ThreeQuestions to guide the readingto think about ahead of time for studentsWhat characteristics of the contemporary French society influenced Comtes ideas How did he respond to them Can specialist research in society be done without reference to overall society according to Comte WhyDescribe metaphysical and positive stages in social development according to Comte What moral judgments did Comte make about themWhat did Comte mean by historical method Why did he think it important to sociologyWhich of the three founding fathers of sociology Marx Durkheim and Weber was the most influenced by Comte What ideas did he take overAGENDA FOR CLASSIntroductionToday we discuss views of Comte who is regarded by some as the founder of sociology and by the others as a metaphysical antisociologist This disagreement follows an actual fissure in Comtes work He believed in many Enlightenment principles andat the same timefeared social consequences of Enlightenment in his time The latter attitude lead him to introduce ideas of the science of morals and the religion of humanity which
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