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Liberalism and Sociology : L. T. Hobhouse and Political Argument in England 1880-1914 - Stefan Collini

Liberalism and Sociology

L. T. Hobhouse and Political Argument in England 1880-1914

Paperback Published: 2nd May 1983
ISBN: 9780521274081
Number Of Pages: 292

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In this wide-ranging book, Stefan Collini deals with the relationship between Liberalism and sociology in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Britain. He discusses in particular the crucial contributions of L. T. Hobhouse, the leading Liberal political theorist of the period who is also generally regarded as the 'Founding Father' of British sociology. Based upon extensive original research, the book draws together themes from three fields which are normally pursued in historiographical isolation. It examines the moral and intellectual inspiration of the New Liberalism which came to dominate Edwardian politics; explores the nature of the systematic political philosophy in this period; and shows how the contemporary understanding of sociology was bound up with attempts to provide a theoretical and historical grounding for the belief in Progress, especially in opposition to Social Darwinist and other biological social theories. Throughout, the intellectual context necessary to a properly historical understanding of these ideas is reconstructed in detail and particular attention if paid to the structure of the moral and political discourse of the time.

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Political Argument
Individualism and collectivism
Liberalism
Oxford collectivist
Radical journalist
New Liberal theorist
Sociology
The metaphysics of progress
Social Darwinism and social science
Sociology as a vocation
Harmony
Philosophy and the will to believe
Epilogue: The strange death of moral England
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521274081
ISBN-10: 0521274087
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 292
Published: 2nd May 1983
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.68
Weight (kg): 0.43