Chapter ID: CBB001500088

Lamarckism and the Constitution of Sociology (2011)


This chapter examines sociology as an emerging discipline in Great Britain and France between the 1850s and the 1890s. It considers the transfer of models, metaphors, and analogies from evolutionary biology and argues that sociology emerged in continued interaction with this biology. It also analyzes interactions of social thought and Lamarckian evolutionary theories. The chapter focuses on the work of two social theorists who were influential internationally and in their respective countries, Great Britain and France---Herbert Spencer (1820--1903) and Émile Durkheim (1858--1917).

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Book Gissis, Snait B.; Jablonka, Eva (2011) Transformations of Lamarckism: From Subtle Fluids to Molecular Biology. unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Gissis, Snait B.
Renwick, Chris
Beck, Naomi
Bjerre, Jørn
Blancke, Stefaan
Denis, Gilles
History of the Human Sciences
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
British Journal for the History of Science
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Journal of Classical Sociology
Journal of the History of Biology
Cambridge University Press
Polity Press
Presses Universitaires de Franche-Comté
University of Minnesota Press
Social sciences
Metaphors; analogies
Science and society
Durkheim, Émile
Spencer, Herbert
Darwin, Charles Robert
Ferri, Enrico
Galton, Francis
Geddes, Patrick
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, early
20th century
21st century
Great Britain

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