autonomy of sociology

autonomy of sociology

the viewpoint, as expressed by DURKHEIM in particular, that sociology must be formulated as a distinctive science, dealing with a level of reality that cannot be explained by reduction to other disciplines such as psychology or biology. Durkheim's view was that 'S ociety’ has a reality ‘sui generis’ – i.e. of its own kind. See also SOCIAL FACTS AS THINGS, SUICIDE.
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