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or through social activism, or as a natural part of sociocultural evolution
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. The concept of social progress was introduced in the early 19th century social theories
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, especially those of social evolutionists like Auguste Comte
Isidore Auguste Marie François Xavier Comte , better known as Auguste Comte , was a French philosopher, a founder of the discipline of sociology and of the doctrine of positivism...
and Herbert Spencer
Herbert Spencer was an English philosopher, biologist, sociologist, and prominent classical liberal political theorist of the Victorian era....
. It was present in the Enlightenment
Age of Enlightenment
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's philosophies of history
Philosophy of history
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