Combining social and intellectual history, Heilbron examines changes in social science within the context of wider developments in the intellectual domain, and discusses the social conditions under which these changes occurred. The Rise of Social Theory is both a brilliant account of the ′pre–history′ of sociology and a vivid portrayal of intellectual culture between the Enlightenment and the age of Romanticism. It will be welcomed by students and researchers in the social sciences, social and cultural history, and the history of science.
Part I: The Rise of Social Theory:.
1. Intellectuals Between Academy and Salon.
2. Rivalry for Reason.
3. French Moralists and the Social Order.
4. The Construction of Social Theory.
5. Theoretical Models Compared: France and Scotland.
Part II: From Social Theory to Social Science:.
6. Reform, Revolution and the Napoleonic Era.
7. Intellectual Transformations Around 1800.
8. Natural Science and Revolution.
9. The Literary Opposition.
10. Models for a Social Science.
Part III: Foundations of Sociology:.
11. The Interrupted Career of Auguste Comte.
12. Politics, Science and Philosophy.
13. The Turn to the Philosophy of Science.
14. Response and Resistance.
′An outstanding scholarly product ... a good book in the sense of enjoyable reading.′ Acta Sociologica
′Wealth of cultural history ... brilliantly written and rich ... provide[s] essential contributions to the self–reflection of sociology in our time.′ European Journal of Social Theory