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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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