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What is the difference between sociology and philosophy?

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December 30, 2011 2:46AM

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Philosophy is the study of existence with the intent of

developing epistemological, moral or political value judgements or

imperatives to support decision-making as a matter of


Sadly there is a lot of controversy in philosophy such that

political science draws very little from philosophy.

Sociology, on the other hand, is, to put it generally, is a

study of society. But even from there we have to ask ourselves what

society is. In retrospect Sociology is a study of integral aspects

that constitutes society: Politics, Economy, Culture, Religion,

Family, Gender, Race, Global Stratification, etc. Unlike

Philosophy, Sociology is more or less a scientific discipline that

depends on scientific methods (Interview, Statistics, Theorizing

based upon empirical evidence). While Philosophy traditionally

aspire to pursue truth or means towards truth (Usually among

Analytic Philosophers), Social Constructionism, which is a position

or theory that argues that most phenomena such as morality are

socially constructed, is popular mindset and attitude in Sociology.

So for example, while Philosophy may ask what is moral, Sociology

would first assume that morality are simply norms that vary in

every society.

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