Comte's 3 Stages of Society & Theory of Positivism


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Which famous theorist actually coined the term sociology in 1838?

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1. Which set of terms below correctly identifies Comte's three stages of society, in chronological order from earliest to latest?

2. Jorge's town is hit by a tornado, and he believes it is because the god of weather is upset at the villagers. Which stage of society most fits Jorge's view of this event?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Show what you know about Comte's work, including his theories of positivism and the three stages of society, with this quiz/worksheet combo. You will be quizzed on who coined the term 'sociology', the stages of society, and the definition of positivism.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Prepare to answer questions on the following:

  • Who coined the term 'sociology'
  • The three stages of society in order from earliest to latest
  • Examples of the stages
  • Definition of positivism

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on Comte's theories
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the development of societies in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the theory of positivism
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the stages of society

Additional Learning

For further insight into Comte's contributions to sociology, review the corresponding lesson titled Comte's 3 Stages of Society & Theory of Positivism. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn who Comte was
  • Know when each stage of society began
  • Understand how Comte's theory of positivism reflects the third stage of society