History of Positive Knowledge in Western Social Theory
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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.
From the Paper:"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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History of Positive Knowledge in Western Social Theory (2003, February 17) Retrieved April 18, 2021, from https://www.academon.com/essay/history-of-positive-knowledge-in-western-social-theory-1455/
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