What did Four Founding Fathers (Comte, Spencer, Durkheim and Weber) of Sociology did in Common ?

These "Four pioneers" - Comte, Spencer, Durkheim and Weber - it seems, agreed upon the proper subject-matter of Sociology.
  1. Firstly, all of them urged the sociologists to study a wide range of institutes from the family to the state.
  2. Secondly, they agreed that a unique subject-matter for sociology is found in the interrelations among different institutions.
  3. Thirdly, they came to the common consensus on the opinion that society as a whole can be taken as a distinctive unit of sociological analysis. They assigned sociology the task of explaining wherein and why societies are alike or different.
  4. Finally, they insisted that sociology should focus on 'social acts' or 'social relationships' regardless of their institutional setting. This view was most clearly expressed by Weber.

9 comments:

Frank said...

oh, my god... you said "four founding fathers (comte, spencer, durkheim and weber)"?!
In Brazil we learn about three founding fathers, aka. karl marx, emile durkheim and max weber.

wow!

Nimesh said...

Well......Sociology is not a 100% natural science. Hence it contains some qualities of art subjects. One is there is no exact definitions or explanations for sociological propositions. There are so many educational institutions around the world and there are varies definitions in each capitals for lot of theories, facts etc....

And I also have received some comments to my posts saying that Karl Marx is the founding father of sociology and Ibn khaldun should be the founding father. Because I have pointed out that Comte as the father of sociology. Thus you will realize there are so many conflicts on simple things too.

Sometimes there are owners of sociology in such universities. They have a crew of their own. Like a feudalistic society.(you can realize what I say....!!!)

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