chapter  2
The two elements of sociology
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The sterility of these pretensions is well known; they belie the solidarity of the various sciences and thus the profound continuity of universal reality. We should be just as wary of undertaking such vain efforts in sociology; and I believe I recognize the symptoms here and there of a similar aberration that could prove disastrous. Let’s take it upon ourselves to prevent it; let’s prepare the ground, with all the necessary precision, but without claiming an absolute autonomy for the science we hold dear, by tracing the limits of the field it was meant to cultivate.