Positivism in Sociology: Definition, Theory & Examples


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In the mid-19th century, Comte would have agreed with which of the following statements:

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1. Positivism is best described as:

2. What aspect of society did Comte see as evidence of a more advanced society?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your understanding of positivism in sociology. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include what Comte believed about superstition and how positivism can best be described.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • What Comte believed about superstition
  • Describe positivism
  • Comte saw this as evidence of a more advanced society
  • Durkheim's social facts
  • Relationship between positivism and sociology

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about Comte
  • Interpreting information - verify you can read information regarding Comte's beliefs about advanced society and how they are identified
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information Durkheim's beliefs about society

Additional Learning

To learn more about Comte's ideas concerning societies, review the corresponding lesson on Positivism in Sociology: Definition, Theory & Examples. This lesson will help you:

  • Define what positivism is and who first originated its idea
  • Identify the ultimate goal Comte had for positivism
  • Describe the characteristics of each of the theories of positivism
  • Understand how to apply positivism in examples
  • Appreciate the contributions of Durkheim to sociology