The Roots of Western Culture. Chapter 8: The Rise of Social Thought

For how did modern sociology understand the whole? It conceived of the whole not as an individual national community, as Romanticism and the Historical School had done, but as “society.” To grasp the meaning of “society” correctly we must consider the distinction between “state” and “society” which arose first in the eighteenth century, even before the French Revolution.

By Herman Dooyeweerd

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