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`This is a wide-ranging and authoritative analysis of sociology's 'state-of-the-art'. It will set the terms of debate for the next decade' - John Urry, Lancaster University, U.K.`The profession of sociology was blessed by abundance of excellent handbooks. The one edited by Craig Calhoun, Christ Rojek and Bryan Turner was preceded by outstanding sociology handbooks, the most eminent ones by Robert Farris and E Lee published in 1964 and a more recent one by Neil Smelser in1988. The volume by Farris and Lee not only served as an introductory text to the discipline, but contained many innovative papers, which re-oriented social research for years to come. Smelser brought together the best possible and most polished overview of the contributions professional sociology at his time. The Calhoun-Rojek-Turner ...

Sociology and Philosophy
Sociology and philosophy

Sociology and philosophy are connected in at least three ways. First, genealogically, sociology branched off from the lineages of philosophers; and up through the present many of the most influential sociologists have been trained as philosophers. Second, philosophical issues are often raised inside sociology, especially epistemological probings and methodological attempts to legislate the character of sociological knowledge; there is also much exposing of and polemicizing over value questions, making sociology a semi-concretized version of philosophical ethics; and metaphysical questions are raised over the nature of social being, individuals, mind and action; in short, sociology has been a terrain for arguing philosphical questions in both activist and analytical modes. Third, reversing the relationship, philosophy has become a target for sociological research, ...

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