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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 Two: The Social Sciences at Risk: A Brief History of the Stakes
The Social Sciences at Risk: A Brief History of the Stakes
In the broad sweep of history, the rise of the social sciences marks an important stage in the secularization of the monotheistic religious perspective represented by Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The 14th century Muslim scholar, Ibn Khaldun, had produced the earliest attempt at laws of historical change that displayed the modern social scientific aspiration of systematically interrelating political, cultural, economic, and even ecological factors. Of special relevance is the unique position of humans in relation to the Divine Creator, in whose ‘image and likeness’ Homo sapiens is said to have been created. The two implied theological traits – the separateness of humans from other ...