Sociology 2 Lecture 010511

Sociology 2 Lecture 010511 - Sociology 2 Lecture 01/05/11...

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Sociology 2 Lecture 01/05/11 Sociology and the Enlightenment Why is sociology a young science? - Philosophes on people/communities - Sociology emerged in 1800s, so it is a young science - 18-1900 distinct field of sociology is separated from language, religion, philosophy - focus on all important developments in western intellectual history important to world history development in west shape not only in west but whole world (enlightenment) emergence of sociology - political, cultural, economical changes lead to emergence of sociology What was the Enlightenment? - philosophical, cultural discourse (set of ideas, way of explaining a phenomenon); philosophy - implicit acceptance of ideas which are linked to power - discourse is power, not just an assertion of ideas; mode of thinking - power is subtle and invisible - ex. Discourse in this class is the professor, class is facing him so he holds a power; class establishes his authority; silent discourse of authority – professor doesn’t tell us to shut up but we just stay quiet Age of Philosophes - Bacon – ideas became influential 1500s - Newton – pioneering in math and science which went hand-in- hand with religion
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