Aspects of Sociology by Frankfurt Institute for Social Research

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Talcott Parsons, "Society/' in Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, vol. XLV, pp. 225,231. 30. Theodor Geiger, "Ueber Soziometrik und ihre Grenzen," in Koelner Zeitschrift fuer Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie, 1,1948/49, p. 302. 31. Geiger, "Gesellschaft," in the Handwoerterbuch der Soziologie. Alfred Vierkandt, ed. Stuttgart, 1931, p. 211. 32. Spencer, op. , # 1 3 , pp. 15-16. 33. Spencer, First Principles. New York, 1904, #187, p. 470. 34. Spencer, Principles of Sociology, #227, p. 487 ff. 35.

Ever less of what cannot be encompassed in these, of what is independent of social control, is tolerated in each individual; and it has become questionable to what degree it is at all possible to still form such independent traits. Sociology is to be distinguished from anthropology by means of the emphatic concept of society insofar as the subject matter of anthropology, man himself, depends to a great degree on the sociation under which the study is carried out; in other words, 32 Aspects of Sociology what traditional philosophy thought was the essence of man is determined entirely by the essence of society and its dynamics.

Nietzsche's conception in his later years is very close to this, though not necessarily because of any direct link in the historical transmission of ideas. In The Genealogy of Morals he speaks of a "Sovereign individual, equal only to himself, all moral custom left far behind. "18 Finally, in The Will to Power: "The individual is something quite new and capable of creating new things, something absolute and all his actions quite his own. "19 Yet it was by no means due to a progressive impulse that sociology initially maintained the primacy of society as against the individual, but rather as a consequence of tendencies working toward restoration after the French Revolution.

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