The term "social statics" was used by who?

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To most people, the phrase “social statics” is connected to the British scholar Herbert Spencer.  Spencer was, among other things, a pioneer in the field of sociology.  His book, entitled Social Statics, was one of the first statements of what we have come to call Social Darwinism.  However, Spencer is not the true originator of this term.  Instead, that distinction goes to Auguste Comte.  Comte is often seen as the father of sociology.

Comte distinguished between social statics and social dynamics.  As the name suggests, social dynamics had to do with the forces that brought about changes in society.  Social statics, by contrast, is more concerned with the forces that cause societies to remain in equilibrium.  Thus, Comte is the person who first used this term.


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