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J. Michael Ryan

Subject Sociology

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405124331.2007.00006.x


This timeline provides a listing of over 700 of the most influential events, figures, and publications to have made an impact on the field of sociology. 551–479 bce Confucius theorizes life and society. His work is primarily known through the Analects of Confucius , compiled by his disciples posthumously 469–399 bce Socrates lays the foundation of western philosophy 384–322 bce Aristotle makes further contributions to western science and philosophy 360 bce Plato debates the nature of ethics and politics in Republic 973–1048 ce Al-Biruni, Abu Rayhan Muhammad ibn Ahmad 1332–1406 Ibn-Khaldun, Abdel Rahman 1377 Ibn-Khaldun writes Muqaddimah, which many consider one of the first important works in sociology 1440 Johannes Gutenberg invents the printing press 1516 Thomas More's Utopia , in which the term “utopia” is coined 1517 Martin Luther publishes the Ninety-Five Theses launching the Protestant Reformation 1588–1679 Hobbes, Thomas 1637 René Descartes pronounces “cogito, ergo sum” (I think, therefore I am) in his Discourse on Method 1651 Thomas Hobbes's Leviathan discusses the requirement of surrender of sovereignty to the state needed to prevent a “war of all against all” 1689–1755 Montesquieu, Baron de 1692–3 Edmund Halley publishes the first life table 1712–78 Rousseau, Jean-Jacques 1713 James Waldegrave introduces an early form of game theory 1723–90 Smith, Adam 1724–1804 ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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