Auguste Comte: Personalistic & Naturalistic Positions
Dr. Joan Hageman
Abstract This paper will focus on Auguste Comte, the founder of Sociology and how he uses both views of both Personalistic and Naturalistic positions in order to justify his findings. Also it will explain how his personal feelings about numerous subjects greatly influenced his studies and works in which things were manipulated to support his findings. Finally it gives an opinion as to the writers response of the view of Auguste Comte and how his views were formulated.
The personalistic and naturalistic positions in the history of psychological study are numerous…show more content… Making sense of the sciences is important to being able to use their mind and convey their emotions. Using one language to convey these feelings is important to not only a person's personal growth but the emotional growth. Having emotional growth gives the person an opportunity to help others achieve their own emotional maturity. Although some do not achieve this maturity, they will attempt to achieve this maturity at some level in their lives. Comte's theories were seen as a type of new religious experience. “Comte also founded the social sciences, and it is important to remember in our more cynical times the ideals to which they aspired. Comte and other early social scientists assumed that human behavior must obey laws just as strict as Newton's laws of motion, and that if we could discover them, we could eliminate moral evils -- in exactly the same way that medical scientists were then discovering how diseases worked and were eliminating much of the physical suffering which had always been an inevitable part of the human condition” (victorianweb.org). Seeing suffering as routine, Comte gives the sense that he has seen a lot of suffering in his life and does not internalize this because it is an every day occurrence. Treating trauma as this makes Comte seem detached from the reality of suffering. Positivism has had it share of stereo types. Positivists