History of Positive Knowledge in Western Social Theory Essay by Social Theory Guy

History of Positive Knowledge in Western Social Theory
Paper discussing the contributions of Auguste Comte and Emile Durkheim in this field.
# 1455 | 1,755 words | 3 sources | 2001 | US
Published on Feb 17, 2003 in Anthropology (Cultural) , Sociology (Theory) , Philosophy (History)

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This paper discusses the history of the term positive knowledge (also positivism) in western social theory. While giving a brief history, it focuses mainly on the use and formulation by the philosopher Auguste Comte and sociologist Emile Durkheim.

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"When observing positive knowledge through the history of Western social science, a firm definition is essential for a consistent investigational trajectory. Positive knowledge has been used in myriad ways to explain manifold scientific theories and practices. With a general, quotidian definition any member of the scientific (even social scientific) community could claim adherence, in some degree and fashion, to this notion of positive knowledge. I intend for this investigation to resist such entanglement of interpretations and thus subscribe to a firm, and perhaps purist, definition when examining the Alpha and Omega of positive (positivistic) knowledge within the sociological community Auguste Comte and Emile Durkheim."

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