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Marx_Feb16 - SOCIOLOGY 313 Development of Sociological...

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1 SOCIOLOGY 313 Development of Sociological Theory Karl Marx Key Points: Discuss Marx’s conception of the historical process. What is the relation between ideas and material conditions, according to Marx?
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2 W.F. Hegel (1770-1831) German philosopher Developed theory of history based on a dialectic process History is driven by the clash of ideas Historical Idealism Dialectic Dialectic process repeats with a new antithesis emerging to challenge the thesis, reaching a new synthesis, which becomes the next thesis… and so on How does this help us understand social life? Dialectic Thesis Antithesis Synthesis Becomes the new thesis, etc
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