The Pre Sociologists

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The Pre Sociologists Introduction This should, of course, be called “some” not “the presociology social theorists,” but time allows us just a short visit before we need to get back on the bus and start driving through the mid- to late-19th century. Today we’ll briefly consider three thinkers who effectively pose several questions that have continued as reference points to social theorists for the next several hundred years. They are, of course, Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679), Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778), and Adam Smith (1723–1790). To give a little chronological perspective, recall that the pilgrims landed in Plymouth in 1620, Galileo (1564-1642) dealt with the inquisition in 1633, and the English (or Puritan) revolution (Cromwell, etc.) was 1640-60. Sir Isaac Newton’s (1642-1727) Principia appeared in the summer of 1687, just five years before the Salem witch trials. Benjamin Franklin flew his kite in 1752, the American revolution was 1776 and the French revolution in 1789. Our focus is the soup of ideas to which these 16th and 17th century thinkers contributed
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