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Historical Institute of Paris : elements for a prehistory of sociology

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Elaine Cristina Carraro
Total Authors: 1
Document type: Doctoral Thesis
Institution: Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas
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Examining board members:
Marcia Consolim; Fernando Novais; Elide Rugai Bastos; Fernando Antonio Lourenço; Marcelo Siqueira Ridenti
Advisor: Renato Jose Pinto Ortiz

This research analyzes the sociological thought emergence in France through the intellectual production of Historical Institute of Paris (IHP) members, with support from manuscript documents and publications regarding this institute activities between 1834, its foundation year, and 1850. The IHP, founded by Eugène de Monglave, intended to exclusively stimulate historical research, but actually its statutes and activities indicate a strong closeness with social science. We support that this "sociological closeness" happened through the Buchezian school, leaded by Philippe Buchez, from a saint-simonian origin, who kept loyal to Saint-Simon's project of constituting a social science. Particularly, IHP undertook an attempt of social science definition and promoted sociologic research through discussions that happened at annual Historical Conferences organized by the society. The analysis of the ideas debated at IHP about the society moral re-organization demand, races theory, hygienism and statistic research elucidate some conditions of emerging, ambitions and concerns that featured sociology pre-disciplinary period (AU)