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C. Wright Mills' classic The Sociological Imagination has inspired generations of students to study Sociology. However, the book is nearly half a century old. What would a book address, aiming to attract and inform students in the 21st century? This is the task that Steve Fuller sets himself in this major new invitation to study Sociology. The book: " critically examines the history of the social sciences to discover what the key contributions of Sociology have been and how relevant they remain " demonstrates how biological and sociological themes have been intertwined from the beginning of both disciplines, from the 19th century to the present day " covers virtually all of sociology's classic theorists and themes " provides a glossary of key thinkers and concepts. This book sets the agenda for imagining Sociology in the 21st century and will attract students and professionals alike.
Chapter Ten: Who (or What) Deserves Our Sympathy?
Who (or What) Deserves Our Sympathy?
So, does the biological turn in social thought potentially threaten our humanity? You would have to be naïve or disingenuous to deny this possibility. Our sense of humanity is underwritten by the sympathy we can establish with the life circumstances of others. At the very least, this means that we can relate to them at a level they would recognize as relevant to their existence, typically because we share many of the same problems and concerns. However, there are tried-and-tested ways of severing that moral bond. For example, as Hannah Arendt observed with respect to the Holocaust, one can capitalize on the division of labour in bureaucratic societies to render evil a banality. Thus, ...