The history of social development / by F. Muller-Lyer ; translated by Elizabeth Coote Lake & A.H. Lake ; with an introd. by L.T. Hobhouse & E.J. Urwick Muller-Lyer, Franz Carl, 1857-1916

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Muller-Lyer, Franz Carl, 1857-1916
Sociology; Progress; Social history.
"The phaseological method can be used for the investigation of all important branches of culture. The whole subject divides itself up in the following manner. The first part comprises the phases of economic development (the "phaseology" of economics). To this part might be assigned the title "Stages of Culture, " since it is customary to measure the height of the cultural development by the standard of economic development and briefly to define the economic phases as stages of culture. The second part deals with the phenomena of the propagation of the human race (courtship, marriage, the family, kinship, etc.). The third part with the development of social organization, from the horde up to the great modern Power. The fourth part--which was originally, many years ago, the starting point of this work--with the history of the human intellect, i.e. the development of speech, of knowledge, of philosophic and religious beliefs. And the fifth part with the development of ethics, of justice, and of art. A conclusion will comprise the whole of the lines of direction of progress and of the general laws which have been recognized up to the present in the development of culture. The whole work comprises in the first five parts the special principles, and in the conclusion the general principles of social development, and consequently covers the whole science of culture, or what is to Auguste Comte the same thing, the whole of social science or Sociology. At the same time it will acquaint the reader with the results of this new and glorious, although unfortunately still imperfect, science. Since Sociology, in spite of its brief existence, has already increased to such a gigantic extent that a complete statement would perhaps require as many volumes as this work contains leaves, only the most important fundamental principles of development will be considered throughout, and all details which are not absolutely necessary for the characterization of the phases and for the comprehension of the process of development will be conscientiously excluded. Each part is composed of a series of detailed statements, which although members of a whole, are yet written as independent works, each one of which can be read and understood by itself, although naturally not with the same profit as if read in their entirety"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved).
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