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The Problem of the Color Line at the Turn of the Twentieth CenturyThe Essential Early Essays$
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W.E.B. Du Bois and Nahum Dimitri Chandler

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823254545

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823254545.001.0001

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Sociology Hesitant

Sociology Hesitant

ca. 1905

Chapter:
(p.271) Sociology Hesitant
Source:
The Problem of the Color Line at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
Author(s):

W. E. B. DU BOIS

, Nahum Dimitri Chandler
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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823254545.003.0013

This chapter presents an essay by W. E. B. Du Bois on the field of sociology. It argues that true students of sociology have adopted the speech and assumption of humanity in regard to human action and yet studies those actions with all possible scientific accuracy. They have refused to cloud their reason with metaphysical entities undiscovered and undiscoverable, and they have also refused to neglect the greatest possible field of scientific investigation because they are unable to find laws similar to the law of gravitation. They have assumed a world of physical law peopled by beings capable in some degree of actions Inexplicable and Uncalculable according to these laws. And their object has been to determine as far as possible the limits of the Uncalculable—to measure the Kantian Absolute and the Undetermined Ego.

Keywords:   W. E. B. Du Bois, sociology, humanity, scientific investigation, physical law

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