International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

The Discovery of Society in Sociology
Antoni Lindgren

In sociology it is a custom to say that sociology began with the “discovery” of society, e.g., one has to “see” etc society in order to study society. This claim has something to it in the sense that sociology is established as a science at the same time as modern science is, i.e., around the year 1900. Sociology though is holistic at this time contrary to science being analytical. Instead the notion of ”discovering” society belongs to the post war era, then, as an applied science sociology becomes a ”science” and the talk of “discovering” society is appropriate. Thus we can learn from history about today’s sociology and society.

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