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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 Eight: Making the Difference between Sociology and Biology Matter Today
Making the Difference between Sociology and Biology Matter Today
If we take Aristotle's view of the human species as zoon politikon at face value, biology and sociology were born joined at the hip. We are the only animals with a public life, which means that our interactions produce things that extend significantly beyond what is, even in principle, within the power of any individual. In a word, they possess meaning. These things – the aspects and artefacts of the human condition that require elaborate social structures – help to constitute the environment inhabited by later humans. I stress the word ‘public’ because so much of the philosophically inspired discussion about the mark of the human for the ...