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Loïc Wacquant distinguishes three major strains of positivism: Durkheimian , Logical, and Instrumental.  None of these are the same as that set forth by Comte, who was unique in advocating such a rigid (and perhaps optimistic) version.   While Émile Durkheim rejected much of the detail of Comte's philosophy, he retained and refined its method. Durkheim maintained that the social sciences are a logical continuation of the natural ones into the realm of human activity, and insisted that they should retain the same objectivity, rationalism, and approach to causality.  He developed the notion of objective sui generis "social facts" to delineate a unique empirical object for the science of sociology to study. 
There is a need for a fellowship of respected scholars with expertise in many different areas of sociology, to unite around the common concern to promote rigorous standards. The European Academy of Sociology aims to fulfil this role. A careful selection process guarantees that all Fellows of the Academy are chosen with this objective in mind. Fellows of the Academy are willing to offer their services for international evaluation.
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