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society. Therefore the central idea at this stage is that people are vested with some rights which must be protected at all costs. On the other hand the positivism stage is where people’s rights are more important than any person’s rule. At this stage Comte believes there is no higher power that is governing the masses than anything based on people’s free will. Comte goes on to believe that all the three stages are important. A society cannot achieve either the second or third stage without achieving the first one. Strengths and weaknesses of Positivism Strengths There are various strengths of Comte’s positivism theory which have made it popular among various sociologists. One of these strengths is its well-defined structure. Unlike other sociology theories positivism follows a well-defined structure in its discussions and studies. According to positivism the presence of a set of laws and rules to be followed leaves minimum room for errors. At the same time the theory’s structure provi...

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