Review essay: Apprehending the "social": Outhwaite, William, ed. (2006 [2003]). The Blackwell dictionary of modern social thought. 2nd edition. Advisory editor Alain Touraine. Malden, ma and oxford, uk: Blackwell publishing. Sica, Alan, edited and with introductions (2005). Social thought: From the enlightenment to the present. Boston: Pearson education [Book Review]

Philosophy of the Social Sciences 38 (4):533-544 (2008)
The two books reviewed here are different efforts to embrace the vast subject called "social thought." The second edition of The Blackwell Dictionary of Modern Social Thought, edited by William Outhwaite with Alain Touraine, contains numerous updates; yet it also has some disadvantages compared to the first edition. Social Thought: From the Enlightenment to the Present, edited by Alan Sica, is a bold but controversial attempt at gathering in one anthology as many social thinkers as possible. Key Words: "social" • social thought/theory • William Outhwaite • Alan Sica • explanation.
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