British Sociology’s Lost Biological Roots: A History of by Chris Renwick

By Chris Renwick

A brand new and leading edge account of British sociology's highbrow origins that makes use of formerly unknown archival assets to teach how the field's forgotten roots in a overdue 19th and early twentieth-century debate approximately biology might help us comprehend either its next improvement and destiny capability.

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Whilst the classical system of thought went into what would turn out to be a sudden and rapid decline, one consequence of that shift was a re-igniting of the debate about political economy in Section F. Resituated thus, in the context of Section F’s long-standing and newly resurgent debate and criticism of classical political economy, Ingram’s 1878 call for social scientists to concentrate on the potential of sociology to succeed where political economy had failed, reconnects with its polemical intent.

Whilst the classical system of thought went into what would turn out to be a sudden and rapid decline, one consequence of that shift was a re-igniting of the debate about political economy in Section F. Resituated thus, in the context of Section F’s long-standing and newly resurgent debate and criticism of classical political economy, Ingram’s 1878 call for social scientists to concentrate on the potential of sociology to succeed where political economy had failed, reconnects with its polemical intent.

For this reason, it should come as no surprise that the grand deductive axioms of the relatively young Ricardian political economy were the exact opposite of how Whewell believed social phenomena should be investigated. Indeed, Whewell was convinced that the bulk of contemporary political economy to be utterly misguided. For this reason, he had been amongst the loudest of those who had called on the BAAS to create a statistical section in the early 1830s. 30 A crucial part of Whewell’s attempt to establish an alternative to Ricardian political economy at the British Association were the ideas of his associate Richard Jones, successor to Nassau Senior in the chair of political economy at Kings College, London, and to T.

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