Social Thought: From the Enlightenment to the Present / Edition 1

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This comprehensive, multicultural, and cross-disciplinary anthology examines social theory and social thought from the major figures of the Enlightenment in France and England through the Postmodernists of the late Twentieth Century. It contains selections from 144 authors, writing between 1690 and the present, who dealt with issues of equality, social justice, gender relations, political structures, family life, ethnic relations, political-economics, and other perennial questions that confront social actors and the societies in which they exist. Sica, who is a leading social theory scholar, offers greater historical scope than other social theory texts and readers; starts with the origins of the modern worldview in Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Europe.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205394371
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/26/2004
  • Series: MySearchLab Series for Sociology Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 816
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Sica is a leading social theory scholar, director of an interdisciplinary social thought program at The Pennsylvania State University, former editor of the journal Sociological Theory, and former Chair of the ASA section on Social Theory.

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Table of Contents

Preface. Acknowledgments. Credits. Refashioning the Social Thought Canon. I . Origins of the Modern Worldview. John Locke. Essay Concerning Human Understanding, "On Hermeneutics." "Education as Training for Virtue." Mary Astell. Reflections upon Marriage. Giambattista Vico. The New Science: "Concerning the Course [of Human Things] Taken by the Nations." Voltaire. Philosophical Letters, "Of Persons of Rank Who Cultivate Learning."Philosophical Dictionary, "Ancients and Moderns," "Equality," "Essay on the Manners and Spirit of Nations." Montesquieu. The Spirit of the Laws, "Of Laws in Relation to the Nature of a Despotic Government," "In What Manner the Laws of Civil Slavery Relate to the Nature of the Climate," "Of Laws in Relation to the Principles Which Form the General Spirit, the Morals, and Customs of a Nation." Denis Diderot. Encyclopedie, "Intolerance," "Character," "Negroes." Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Discourse on the Origin of Inequality. Adam Smith. The Theory of Moral Sentiments, "Of Sympathy," "Of Justice and Beneficence." Adam Ferguson. An Essay on the History of Civil Society, "Of Moral Sentiment," "Of Happiness," "Of Luxury." John Millar. The Origin of the Distinction of Ranks, "Of the Rank and Condition of Women in Different Ages," "The Usual Effects of Opulence and Civilized Manners." "Social Consequences of the Division of Labour." Immanuel Kant. Lectures on Ethics, "Suicide," "Duties Towards the Body in Respect of Sexual Impulse," "Wealth." Etienne de Condillac. Commerce and Government Considered in their Mutual Relationship, "Of the Employment of Men in a Society which has Simple Tastes," "Of Luxury." David Hume. An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Morals, "Concerning Moral Sentiment," "Of National Characters." Thomas Jefferson. Notes on the State of Virginia, "The Particular Manners and Customs that May Happen to be Received in that State?" Indian Addresses, "Letter for Brother John Baptist de Coigne," "To the Brothers of the Choctaw Nation." Johann G. Herder. Ideas for a Philosophy of the History of Man, "National Genius and the Environment," "Humanity the End of Human Nature." Jeremy Bentham. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation, "On the Principle of Utility," "Of the Four Sanctions or Sources of Pain and Pleasure," "Value of a Lot of Pleasure or Pain, How to be Measured." II. Revolution and Romanticism. Edmund Burke. Reflections on the Revolution in France. A Vindication of Natural Society, "Discontents in the Kingdom." Mary Wollstonecraft. A Vindication of the Rights of Men. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman. Thomas Paine. Rights of Man, "Conclusion." Friedrich Schiller. Letters on the Aesthetic Education of Man. Marquis de Condorcet. Sketch for a Historical Picture of the Progress of the Human Mind, Introduction, "The Tenth Stage: The Future Progress of the Human Mind." Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel. Phenomenology of Spirit, "Master and Servant." Thomas Robert Malthus. An Essay on the Principle of Population. Friedrich Schleiermacher. On Religion: Speeches to Its Cultured Despisers, "Religion and Reason." "Sociality and Religion." Jean-Charles-Leonard Simonde de Dismondi. New Principles of Political Economy, "Of Slave Cultivation." Johann Gottlieb Fichte. The Vocation of Man, "Faith" Characteristics of the Present Age, "The Idea of Universal History." Joseph de Maistre. On God and Society. Study on Sovereignty, "The Weakness of Human Power," "The Best Species of Government," "On the Nature of Sovereignty." Henri Comte de Saint-Simon. "Essay on the Science of Man." "On Social Organization." Thomas Carlyle. "Signs of the Times." Francois-Marie-Charles Fourier. "Social Evolution." "On the Role of the Passions." "The Condition of Women." III: The Invention of Modern Social Theory. Auguste Comte. "Plan of the Scientific Operations Necessary for Reorganizing Society." "Conclusion: The Religion of Humanity." John Stuart Mill. "The Spirit of the Age." "The Subjection of Women." Adolphe Quetelet. Research on the Propensity for Crime at Different Ages. Alexis Tocqueville. Democracy in America, "How Equality Suggests to the Americans the Idea of the Indefinite Perfectability of Man," "Unlimited Power of the Majority in the United States and Its Consequences," "The Three Races in the United States." The Old Regime and the Revolution, "Why Feudalism Had Come to be More Detested in France than in Any Other Country." Frederick Douglass. "The Church and Prejudice." "My Slave Experience in Maryland." Karl Marx. "Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy." German Ideology. Contribution to the Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Right. Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844: "Estranged Labour." Soren Kierkegaard. The Present Age, "The Individual and the Public." Harriet Taylor Mill. "Enfranchisement of Women." Arthur Schopenhauer. Parerga and Paralipomena, vol. 2 "Character." "On the Wisdom of Life: Aphorisms." Herbert Spencer. Social Statics, "The Evanescence of Evil." The Man Versus the State, "The Coming Slavery." Principles of Sociology, "The Organic Analogy Reconsidered." The Proper Sphere of Government: "Letter XII." Harriet Martineau. Autobiography, "Single Life," "The Woman Question," "Women in Ireland," "Brutality to Women." Joseph-Arthur Gobineau, comte de. Essay on the Inequality of Human Races, "The Inequality of Races," "The Three Basic Races." (Pierre-Gillaume-) Frederic Le Play. Les Ouvriers europeens, "The Science of Society as a Theory of Social Reform." Social Reform, "Family Types: Patriarchal, Stem, Unstable." John Ruskin. "Modern Manufacture and Design." Unto This Last, "The Roots of Honour." Sesame and Lilies, "Of Kings' Treasuries." Fors Clavigera, "Communism." Matthew Arnold. "Democracy." Culture and Anarchy, "Doing as One Likes." "Equality." Aleksandr I. Herzen. My Past and Thoughts, "Second Thoughts on the Woman Question." Henry Sumner Maine. Ancient Law, "Law of Nature and Equity." Lectures on the Early History of Institutions, "The Growth and Diffusion of Primitive Ideas." Numa Denis Fustel de Coulanges. The Ancient City, "Marriage," "Authority in the Family." Charles Darwin. The Descent of Man, "Natural Selection," "Conclusion." Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals. Edward Burnett Tylor.

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