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The Rise of the Social Sciences and the Formation of Modernity : Conceptual Change in Context, 1750-1850 - John L. Heilbron

The Rise of the Social Sciences and the Formation of Modernity

Conceptual Change in Context, 1750-1850

By: John L. Heilbron (Editor), Lars Magnusson (Editor), Bjorn Wittrock (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 31st December 1997
ISBN: 9780792345893
Number Of Pages: 206

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This volume offers one of the first systematic analyses of the rise of modern social science. Contrary to the standard accounts of various social science disciplines, the essays in this volume demonstrate that modern social science actually emerged during the critical period between 1750 and 1850. It is shown that the social sciences were a crucial element in the conceptual and epistemic revolution, which parallelled and partly underpinned the political and economic transformations of the modern world.
From a consistently comparative perspective, a group of internationally leading scholars takes up fundamental issues such as the role of the Enlightenment and the French Revolution in the shaping of the social sciences, the changing relationships between political theory and moral discourse, the profound transformation of philosophy, and the constitution of political economy and statistics.

Acknowledgementsp. vii
The Rise of the Social Sciences and the Formation of Modernityp. 1
The Enlightenment and the French Revolutionary Birth Pangs of Modernityp. 35
French Moralists and the Anthropology of the Modern Era: On the Genesis of the Notions of 'Interest' and 'Commercial Society'p. 77
The Construction of the Social Sciences in Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Century Germanyp. 107
The Transformation of Philosophyp. 141
The Language of Mercantilism: The English Economic Discussion during the Seventeenth Centuryp. 163
Natural Law and the Origins of Nationalokonomie: L.H. von Jakobp. 189
Mathematics, Administrative Reform and Social Sciences in France at the End of the Eighteenth Centuryp. 207
From Political Arithmetic to Social Statistics: How Some Nineteenth-Century Roots of the Social Sciences Were Implantedp. 225
Certainty and Order, Liberty and Contingency: The Birth of Social Science as Empirical Political Philosophyp. 241
About the Contributorsp. 265
Subject Indexp. 269
Name Indexp. 285
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ISBN: 9780792345893
ISBN-10: 0792345894
Series: Sociology of the Sciences Yearbook
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 206
Published: 31st December 1997
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 1.35