Part I: The Rise of Social Theory:.
1. Intellectuals Between Academy and Salon.
2. Rivalry for Reason.
3. French Moralists and the Social Order.
4. The Construction of Social Theory.
5. Theoretical Models Compared: France and Scotland.
Part II: From Social Theory to Social Science:.
6. Reform, Revolution and the Napoleonic Era.
7. Intellectual Transformations Around 1800.
8. Natural Science and Revolution.
9. The Literary Opposition.
10. Models for a Social Science.
Part III: Foundations of Sociology:.
11. The Interrupted Career of Auguste Comte.
12. Politics, Science and Philosophy.
13. The Turn to the Philosophy of Science.
14. Response and Resistance.
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