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Processual Sociology$
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Andrew Abbott

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226336596

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226336763.001.0001

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Epilogue

Epilogue

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(p.277) Epilogue
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Processual Sociology
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Andrew Abbott

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226336763.003.0010

The Epilogue makes an extended argument for the unification of empirical and normative research in sociology. The processual enactment of the social process creates openings for causal determination and moral action to jointly determine social life. As a consequence, sociology cannot but be simultaneously empirical and moral. It is argued that sociology must begin with humane sympathy, a stance that must precede–although it does not rule out – political commitment. This implies that sociology requires a normative subdiscipline and above all that the discipline must be informed by a comprehensive sympathy for the variety of social life.

Keywords:   causality, humane sympathy, humanism, normative argument, public sociology

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