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The Problem Of Sociology

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In every existing social phenomenon, content and social form construct a united reality; a social form can no more exist disconnected from content as can a spatial form exist without some material, the form of which it is. It is a fairly idle question whether the inquiries into the epistemology of society that are supposed to be exemplified in these sketches belong in social philosophy or perhaps sociology after all. There may be a boundary zone for both methods-the soundness of the sociological problem and the demarcation from philosophical issues suffer as little from it as the clarity of the ideas of day and night suffer on account of the existence of twilight, or the ideas of human and animal because perhaps intermediate stages are found sometimes that unify the characteristics of both in a way not conceptually separable for us.

Keywords: social form; social philosophy; sociological problem

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