Social Theory and Methodology: The Sociology of Progress by Leslie Sklair

By Leslie Sklair

Dr. Leslie Sklair is a Reader in Sociology at LSE. His thesis, Sociology of growth, was once released by means of Routledge in 1970.

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Furthermore, his distinction between the static and the dynamic aspects of sociology is in its most important sense a working out of the distinction and the relations between order and progress. 1 Three elements may be derived from this definition and each is developed at great length throughout the volumes of positivism. The first element, a natural condition that is to improve, is inherent in the Law of the Three States. 2 There is no doubt whatsoever that Comte approved of this inevitable and iron law of the progression of the human mind and of the societal types that it necessarily engenders.

221–31. PROGRESS THROUGH ORDER AND REVOLUTION: COMTE AND MARX 37 phenomena with which it is particularly concerned. The hierarchy can be set up, Comte claims, because the development of each science depends on the development of the one above it in the hierarchy. The classification of the sciences is therefore a progression through a progression. Each science progresses internally through the three states of knowledge and takes its turn in the general progression of the whole substantive body of knowledge.

The law of three stages, popularized by Comte almost a century later, is to be found, albeit in a less systematic form, in the pages of Turgot. The basic and simple epistemological insights that run through this theory of progress, and are most important for any theory of this nature, are the distinctions between the good and the evil in human institutions and between the essential and the accidental in things. On these criteria, which of course themselves require internal criteria, Turgot achieves a conception of social progress as a consequence of intellectual achievement.

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