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TABLE OF CONTENT :
1.Is Sociology a Science?
3.Hypothetico Deductive Method
5.Realist view of science
6.Sociology and Science
7.Is Science objective?
Auguste Comte, a positivist asserted that the
systematic collection of the facts and search
for laws was not limited to the natural
sciences, even human societies obey laws of
behaviour. Here is the emerge of positivism
sociology. Sociology contributes to the welfare
of humanity by using science to understand
predict and control human behaviour.
What is Positivism?
Positivism is a view that the methods of natural sciences can be used
with equal effect in social science as they share a common logical
framework. Positivism in sociology corresponds to the definition of
science as quantifiable and concerned to identify clearly observable,
causes and co-relations.
Many of the founders of sociology believe it would be possible to create
a science of society based on the same principles and procedures as the
natural sciences such as chemistry and biology. They attempted to apply
natural science methodology to sociology. In terms of sociology, the
positivist approach makes the following assumptions:-