The proto-sociology of Mandeville and Hume

  title={The proto-sociology of Mandeville and Hume},
  author={Pekka Sulkunen},
  journal={Distinktion: Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory},
  pages={361 - 365}
  • P. Sulkunen
  • Published 2 September 2014
  • Art
  • Distinktion: Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory
While sociologists have largely turned their back on the foundations of their discipline as a science of society, historians have recently focused on the first classical period of modern social science in the eighteenth century from this perspective. Mikko Tolonen has recently revised established interpretations of David Hume's and Bernard Mandeville's work. Mandeville has usually been considered to continue the Hobbesian tradition of the ‘selfish theory’, but the author claims that the second… 


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