The Norton History of the Human Sciences

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1997 - Social Science - 1036 pages
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Roger Smith's book charts the origins, growth, and consolidation of sociology, linguistics, economics, anthropology, and especially psychology - those areas of study that today have come to be known as the human sciences - and assesses their changing contributions to our understanding of human behavior from the Renaissance to the present day. The book explores the influence of the architects of modern Western ideas about human nature: thinkers as diverse as Locke, Descartes, Montesquieu, Marx, Darwin, and Freud. It also examines the emergence of questions central to understanding the West's reaction to the onset of modernity: the effects of colonialism on Western thought; the construction of the nationstate; the interaction of the new sciences of the person and jurisprudence; the historical origins of ideas about sex and gender; the emergence of an introspective language about the self; and humanity's response to new technologies.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
3
The Dignity of Man
37
The Province of Natural Law
83
Body and Soul
118
John Locke and the Natural History of the Soul
157
The Principles of Rational Science
184
G W Leibniz
190
Natural and Moral Philosophy
215
Human Evolution
452
The Academic Disciplines of Psychology
492
The Academic Disciplines of Sociology
530
Psychological Society
575
of the Child
616
Natural Science and Objectivity
636
Reason and Unreason
701
The Individual and the Social
746

Human Diversity and Sociability
260
Political Economy
301
Political Arithmetic
307
Culture of the Spirit
337
Academic Disciplines and Public Values
371
Auguste Comte and Karl Marx
421
The Past and the Present
799
Notes
871
Bibliographic Essay
903
Index
1009
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Roger Smith teaches the history of science and intellectual history at the University of Lancaster.

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