The Early Essays

The Early Essays

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The Heritage of Sociology. In his superb introductory essay, Camic situates Parson's early writings in their sociointellectual and biographical context. Drawing upon extensive historical research, he identifies three overlapping but relatively distinct thematic phases in the early development of Parson's ideas: that on capitalist society and its origins, that on the historical development of the theory of action, and that on the foundations of analytical sociology. Reproducing in full each of twenty-one selections, this volume charts the changes and continuities in the early development of some of Parson's most fundamental ideas.In the present essay I wish to attempt a formulation of the kind of conception of human action which I take to be ... has been built up, but merely to outline the conception itself.1 One of the most conspicuous features of the positivistic movement.

Title:The Early Essays
Author: Talcott Parsons
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 1991-09-24

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