This book was originally written with a double purpose; The first reason was to introduce students to a conception of a social philosophy which should be definitely linked to modern sociology, and not to be treated as a mere outgrowthof the older physical philosophy. The second reason, was to establish a new position in regard to the philosophical conception of social change – a position in opposition to that usually assumed both by the sociologist and by the philosopher.
1. social life and its problems: the reformer’s interest and the social philosopher’s interest. the social mphilosopher’s position explained. 2. society considered as subject to the forces and laws of the physical world 3. society considered as subject to the forces and laws of organic life 4. society considered as subject to the laws of mind 5. society considered as subject to the laws of mind (continued) 6. society considered as an ethical structure: a unity dependent upon purpose 7. the implications of citizenship, and the rights and duties of the citizen 8. the spiritual element in social progress, and the nature of the true individual 9. the real purpose of the social process; and the tests of the reformer’s aims and methods 10. the final criteria of social progress
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