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1. Historical review. Social phenomena have been the object of thought in all social systems. The writings on social philosophy are an outstanding example of this. With the rise of industrialism and secularization and the loosening of previously accepted socialties, the social foundations themselves came to be questioned. This, as well as the constantly increasing complexity of social structures, demanded an independent science with its own methods, not the least of whose functions would be to hel…

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Wigand Siebel and Norbert Martin, “Sociology”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 26 November 2022 <>
First published online: 2016

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