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Why Philosophers Should Become Sociologists (and Vice Versa)

Kathiyn Pyne Addelson

in Symbolic Interaction and Cultural Studies

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 1990 | ISBN: 9780226041179
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226041056 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226041056.003.0006
Why Philosophers Should Become Sociologists (and Vice Versa)

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Today, philosophy and sociology are in a ferment of new concepts and theories, new methods, even newly opened fields of research. The ferment is the consequence of many historical changes, but intellectually, within the disciplines, it owes a great deal to the collapse of what has been dubbed “the enlightenment orientation.” Under the enlightenment orientation, objective knowledge is the goal of sociology and philosophy — one world, one truth, a unity of science and a unity of morality for all mankind. After taking a look at the state of philosophy today, this chapter makes links between philosophy and sociology. It draws its cases from ethics and the study of morality, in part because morality is central to sociological work. Because the chapter is seriously recommending that philosophers become sociologists (and vice versa), it describes some of the new work on narrative to make links between philosophy and sociology.

Keywords: philosophy; sociology; enlightenment; morality; narrative; ethics

Chapter.  11886 words. 

Subjects: Social Theory

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