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Liberalism and Sociology
L. T. Hobhouse and Political Argument in England 1880-1914

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  • Date Published: March 1983
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521274081

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  • In this wide-ranging book, Stefan Collini deals with the relationship between Liberalism and sociology in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Britain. He discusses in particular the crucial contributions of L. T. Hobhouse, the leading Liberal political theorist of the period who is also generally regarded as the 'Founding Father' of British sociology. Based upon extensive original research, the book draws together themes from three fields which are normally pursued in historiographical isolation. It examines the moral and intellectual inspiration of the New Liberalism which came to dominate Edwardian politics; explores the nature of the systematic political philosophy in this period; and shows how the contemporary understanding of sociology was bound up with attempts to provide a theoretical and historical grounding for the belief in Progress, especially in opposition to Social Darwinist and other biological social theories. Throughout, the intellectual context necessary to a properly historical understanding of these ideas is reconstructed in detail and particular attention if paid to the structure of the moral and political discourse of the time.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 1983
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521274081
    • length: 292 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Political Argument:
    1. Individualism and collectivism
    Part II. Liberalism:
    2. Oxford collectivist
    3. Radical journalist
    4. New Liberal theorist
    Part III. Sociology:
    5. The metaphysics of progress
    6. Social Darwinism and social science
    7. Sociology as a vocation
    Part IV. Harmony:
    8. Philosophy and the will to believe
    Epilogue: The strange death of moral England

  • Author

    Stefan Collini

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