The Rise of Social Theory

The Rise of Social Theory

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This book is a detailed and wide--ranging account of the birth of social theory as a distinctive and modern intellectual genre, providing a brilliant account of the "pre--history" of sociology and a vivid portrayal of intellectual culture between the Enlightenment and the age of Romanticism.
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  • Paperback | 328 pages
  • 155 x 229 x 18mm | 470g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
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  • 0745615686
  • 9780745615684
  • 2,222,492

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a This is an excellent book. Heilbrona s text is illuminating. The interest of Heilbrona s book is that he subjects homo sociologus to Bourdieua s treatment. He provides a fascinating and well--researched social and intellectual history of France from the ancient regime through to the time of Comte.a The Times Higher Education Supplement a An outstanding scholarly product ... a good book in the sense of enjoyable reading.a Acta Sociologica a Wealth of cultural history ... brilliantly written and rich ... provide[s] essential contributions to the self--reflection of sociology in our time.a European Journal of Social Theory
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About Johan Heilbron

Johan Heilbron is a research fellow at the Amsterdam School for Social Research.
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Table of contents

Foreword. Introduction. Part I: The Rise of Social Theory:. 1. Intellectuals Between Academy and Salon. 2. Rivalry for Reason. 3. French Moralists and the Social Order. 4. The Construction of Social Theory. 5. Theoretical Models Compared: France and Scotland. Part II: From Social Theory to Social Science:. 6. Reform, Revolution and the Napoleonic Era. 7. Intellectual Transformations Around 1800. 8. Natural Science and Revolution. 9. The Literary Opposition. 10. Models for a Social Science. Part III: Foundations of Sociology:. 11. The Interrupted Career of Auguste Comte. 12. Politics, Science and Philosophy. 13. The Turn to the Philosophy of Science. 14. Response and Resistance. Summary. Notes. Index.
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