The Rise of the Social Sciences and the Formation of Modernity

Conceptual Change in Context, 1750–1850

  • Johan Heilbron
  • Lars Magnusson
  • Björn Wittrock

Part of the Sociology of the Sciences book series (SOSC, volume 20)

About this book


This volume offers one of the first systematic analyses of the rise of modern social science. Contrary to the standard accounts of various social science disciplines, the essays in this volume demonstrate that modern social science actually emerged during the critical period between 1750 and 1850. It is shown that the social sciences were a crucial element in the conceptual and epistemic revolution, which parallelled and partly underpinned the political and economic transformations of the modern world.
From a consistently comparative perspective, a group of internationally leading scholars takes up fundamental issues such as the role of the Enlightenment and the French Revolution in the shaping of the social sciences, the changing relationships between political theory and moral discourse, the profound transformation of philosophy, and the constitution of political economy and statistics.


anthropology freedom Germany law liberty morality philosophy political philosophy political theory

Editors and affiliations

  • Johan Heilbron
    • 1
  • Lars Magnusson
    • 2
  • Björn Wittrock
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Centre Lillois d’Études et de Recherches Sociologiques et ÉconomiquesFrance
  2. 2.Uppsala UniversitySweden
  3. 3.Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in the Social SciencesUppsalaSweden
  4. 4.Stockholm UniversitySweden

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-0254-0
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-5528-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0167-2320
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