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Sociological BeginningsThe First Conference of the German Society for Sociology$
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Christopher Adair-Toteff

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780853237990

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846314100

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Ways and Goals of Sociology

Ways and Goals of Sociology

(p.57) Ways and Goals of Sociology
Sociological Beginnings

Ferdinand Tönnies

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This chapter presents a speech by Ferdinand Tonnies from the First German Sociological Conference on the 20th of October 1910. In his speech, he discussed his intention to pursue the ways and objectives of sociology that are appropriate to the naissance of their society. He first referred to sociology as a philosophy that soon deviated and earned its rightful place as being a science, partially due to the fact that its deductive procedure mimics those of empirical data gathering in biology, the study of psychic life in psychology and the logical concepts in anthropology. The use of statistics, numbers, application of methods and political economy were to become significant components of sociology. The speech concluded with hopes that through research and interest sociology will honor Socrates' famous saying ‘Know thyself’.

Keywords:   German Sociological Conference, objectives of sociology, philosophy, science, science of statistics, application of methods, Socrates

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