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Enlightenment and despair : a history of sociology

Author: Geoffrey Hawthorn
Publisher: Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1976.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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An acclaimed critical history of social theory from the eighteenth century onwards.

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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Geoffrey Hawthorn
ISBN: 0521213088 9780521213080 0521290937 9780521290937
OCLC Number: 2188943
Description: 295 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: 1. Enlightenment and doubt --
English empiricism and French rationalism; The philosphes: the natural, the right and the good; The problem of man's place; Montesquieu and Rousseau --
2. History resolved by mind --
A natural theoretical history: the Scots; Kant's solutions to man's place; Herder's extension and Kant's objection; Objections overruled: Romanticism; Reason in history: Hegel --
3. History resolved by men --
Hegel supposedly transformed; Making a necessary history: Marx --
4. History resolved by laws I --
France after the revolution; A positive solution: Saint-Simon and Comte; England and utilitarianism; A positive promise: J.S. Mill --
5. History resolved by laws II --
A certain solution in evolution: Spencer; England: reservations and reform; The evolution of altruism: Hobhouse --
6. History resolved by laws III --
France after 1871; Individualism, solidarity and socialism; Rationalising the republic: Durkheim --
7. History resolved by will --
Germany after 1871; Materialism and Geist; Understanding the Reich: Max Weber --
8. History doubted --
Europe after 1918; England: a common sense of progress; France: a vanished centre; Germany: retreat from the republic --
9. History ignored --
The United States: liberalism in a vacuum; Defending slavery and millionaires; Pragmatic reform and pragmatists sociology; Science and systems: Chicago and Harvard --
10. History unresolved --
Europe after 1945; France: being, nothingness, the Party and the Fifth Republic; Germany: old dominations and critical theories; The decomposition of American thought; England: a less common sense --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Geoffrey Hawthorn.

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