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I read of a french social scientist who believed life could be separated into five spheres, in which so many "points" (so much time) could be spent into each. From what I vaguely remember, the categories were government, social life, hobbies, etc.

Can anyone help me recall the aforementioned author and theory?

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    Possibly Émile Durkheim? He wrote of spheres in which social life develops, but more specification would really help. Sociologists love to speak about spheres, you know. – Philip Klöcking Aug 12 '16 at 23:57
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Maybe the person you are looking for is Auguste Comte? Among other things he distinguished 5 different intellectual functions & 5 fundamental sciences. Check http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/comte/ More information might be helpful.

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