The Development Of Sociological Theory In The Early 19th Century

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In any subject theory plays a significant role. It can be seen that theory provides an insight into the concept. A theory is a system of ideas that is use to explain something based on general proposition. In the subject matter of sociology, theory also plays a vital part.
Attaching a date to the establishment of sociological theory is not possible as people have always been developing and initiating theories of social life since early history. It is futile to trace the beginnings of sociological theory of those eras because of the thinkers of that time thought of themselves as sociologists. It is in early 1800s, after the Enlightenment that we find thinkers being associated with the discipline.
Political revolutions like the French Revolution in 1789 which continued through the nineteenth century were the most crucial factor that led to the development of sociological theories. The industrial revolution which was not a single event but many interdependent events, also led to the transformation of the western society. This also generated many voices and perspectives which talked about understanding and analyzing of the course of these changes. The theorists who laid the foundation of this discipline were the Classical theorists. They wanted to find the new bases of order in society, by examining the existing ones.

The classical theorists were highly influenced by natural sciences which roots could be traced back to Darwinism. Auguste Comte, a positivist, was convinced that
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