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Discourse and Knowledge: The Making of Enlightenment Sociology

Piet Strydom


By closely analysing the contributions of such theorists as More, Hobbes, Vico, Montesquieu, Ferguson and Millar to the emergence of sociology in its original form, this book follows the discursive construction of sociology in the context of the society-wide early modern practical discourse about violence and rights. Parallels with the nineteenth- and twentieth-century discourse on poverty and justice, and the contemporary discourse of risk and responsibility, allow the author for a reflection not only on the generation of knowledge through discourse but also on the role that sociology itself ... More

Keywords: More, Hobbes, Vico, Montesquieu, Ferguson, Millar, emergence of sociology, construction of sociology, violence, rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780853238058
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846312960


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Piet Strydom, author