Discourse and KnowledgeThe Making of Enlightenment Sociology

Discourse and KnowledgeThe Making of Enlightenment Sociology

Piet Strydom

Print publication date: 2013

ISBN: 9780853238058

Publisher: Liverpool University Press

Abstract

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 plays in this process.