Loïc Wacquant distinguishes three major strains of positivism: Durkheimian , Logical, and Instrumental.  None of these are the same as that set forth by Comte, who was unique in advocating such a rigid (and perhaps optimistic) version.   While Émile Durkheim rejected much of the detail of Comte's philosophy, he retained and refined its method. Durkheim maintained that the social sciences are a logical continuation of the natural ones into the realm of human activity, and insisted that they should retain the same objectivity, rationalism, and approach to causality.  He developed the notion of objective sui generis "social facts" to delineate a unique empirical object for the science of sociology to study. 
87th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association in Oakland, California Wednesday, March 30 to Saturday, April 2, 2016 at the Marriott Downtown ...
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