A Modern History of Sociology in Italy and the Various Patterns of Its Epistemological Development

Guglielmo Rinzivillo
Department of Social and Economic Sciences, Sapienza Università di Roma ex Palazzina Tumminelli, Viale dell’Università Rome Italy

Series: European Political, Economic, and Security Issues
BISAC: HIS020000

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This work aims to foster interest in the links between a particular theoretical and conceptual development of sociological science in Italy and the debate surrounding the history of scientific subjects, here called the “epistemological history” of various disciplines. The author sets out to trace the “points of view” emerging from Italian epistemological sociology between the early twentieth and twenty-first centuries and related to the debate on the historical and philosophical sciences.

The intention resides in revealing the distinctive characteristics of the latter, their “internal” (logical and methodological) rather than “external” (historical and social) factors, while investigating the task of the new historians of science confronted with the changes caused by various “knowledge” and forms of technological “know-how”. The text provides the contemporary scientific community with a new route to follow when seeking to rationally establish and write the “history of sociology”. The addressees are, more than anything else, the new generation of scholars of the history of science. (Imprint: Nova)

Introduction: The History of Sociology and the History of Science: New Epistemological Issues, Ambits and Perspectives

Part One

Chapter 1. Preliminary Considerations

Chapter 2. From a Critique of Metaphysics to Self-Criticism in Science.

Chapter 3. Addressing Semantics and Epistemology

Chapter 4. The Dogma of the Philosophy of Science

Chapter 5. The Historical Method and Issues of Knowledge: The Neo-Rationalist Turning Point In Italy

Chapter 6. Marxism, Epistemology and John Dewey’s Pragmatism in Italy

Chapter 7. Sociology as a Science of Concepts

Chapter 8. Epistemology and the Sociological Method

Part Two

Chapter 9 .The Crisis of Rationality and Historians of Science

Chapter 10. Popper, the Popperians and a New Methodological Theory for the Social Sciences

Chapter 11.From an Examinationination of Methodological Individualism to the Post-Empiricist Debate

Chapter 12. From Constructivism to the Meta-theory

Chapter 13. Concepts and Revolutions of Knowledge and Know-How

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Audience: Scholars and researchers, University students, Scientists of scientific subjects, Modern historians

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