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What do auguste compte and emile durkhiem have in common?

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May 25, 2010 3:52PM

Not much. Compte was more of a philopsopher than was Durkhiem. Durkhiem was much more practical in his work.

Compte didn't have any specific ideas he brought to the subject of sociology. He only established it, as he believed society could be measured through statistics, experiments and evaluation of the society through quantitative methods.

The only similarity to my knowledge is that both Durkhiem and Compte could be a "social science" and that we could make predictions and hypotheses like "X+Y= Outcome" about society. Others, such as Weber and the interactionalists disagree with this. But Weber came a long time after Compte and Durkhiem.