American Sociological Association

Essay: Sociology's New Steps?

It was the devastating problems linked to the dramatic shift from farm to factory during the nineteenth century that fueled sociology’s origins, whether we turn to Comte, Marx, Weber, Durkheim, or Simmel. Building on the eighteenth-century Enlightenment spirit of the power of reason and freedom as well as the triumphs of the biophysical sciences, they envisaged a powerful science of human behavior that could solve those problems.

Just now our concerns are far greater. They include nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons unleashed in wars and acts of terrorism that could put an end to our human journey. There is the potential of a coming climate catastrophe based on planetary...

Authors

Bernard Phillips

Volume

48

Issue

4

Starting Page

382

Ending Page

387