Early Theorists. The early sociologists were primarily philosophers. This somewhat abstract origin impacted the way sociology was viewed For more information on the theorists go to http://www2.fmg.uva.nl/sociosite/topics/sociologists.html.
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CONSIDERED THE FATHER OF SOCIOLOGY
COINED THE TERM ‘SOCIOLOGY’
USE OF THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD
CALLED ‘POSITIVISM’ BY COMTE
OBJECTIVITY VS. SUBJECTIVITYAUGUSTE COMTE
FOUND THAT PROTESTANTS HAD HIGHER
RATE OF SUICIDE IN COMPARISON TO CATHOLICS
SINGLES, DIVORCEE’S, MEN HAD HIGHER RATES
STILL USED TODAYANOMIE
OBJECTIVELY EXAMINING SUBJECTS; DEVELOPING A SYMPATHETIC UNDERSTANDING OF ONE’S SUBJECT
ALL THINGS HAVE INTENDED AND UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES
MACROLEVEL ANALYSISROBERT MERTON:FUNCTIONALIST