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Sociological naturalism is a term used in sociology, for the view that natural world and social world are roughly identical and governed by similar principles. Sociological naturalism, in sociological texts simply referred to as naturalism, can be traced back to the philosophical thinking of Auguste Comte in the 19th century, closely connected to positivism, which advocated use of natural sciences scientific methods in studying social sciences.
In modern sociology, naturalism has been replaced by antinaturalism, as most sociologist agreed that the social world, based on human actions, differs from the natural world, governed by laws of physics.
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