Social philosophy is the study of questions about social behavior and interpretations of society and social institutions in terms of ethical values rather than empirical relations. Social philosophers place new emphasis on understanding the social contexts for political, legal, moral, and cultural questions, and to the development of novel theoretical frameworks, from social ontology to care ethics to cosmopolitan theories of democracy, natural law, human rights, gender equity and =2021-01-10


There is often a considerable overlap between the questions addressed by social philosophy and ethics or value theory. Other forms of social philosophy include political philosophy and jurisprudence, which are largely concerned with the societies of state and government and their functioning. Social philosophy, ethics, and political philosophy all share intimate connections with other disciplines in the social sciences. In turn, the social sciences themselves are of focal interest to the philosophy of social science. The philosophy of language and social epistemology are subfields which overlap in significant ways with social philosophy.

Relevant issues

Some topics dealt with by social philosophy are: * Agency and free will * The will to power * Accountability * Speech acts * Situational ethics * Modernism and postmodernism * Individualism * Crowds * Property * Rights * Authority * Ideologies * Cultural criticism

Social philosophers

A list of philosophers that have concerned themselves, although most of them not exclusively, with social philosophy: * Theodor Adorno * Hannah Arendt * Jean Baudrillard * Jeremy Bentham * Mikhail Bakunin * Walter Benjamin * Judith Butler * Chanakya * Rabbi Manis Friedman * Cornelius Castoriadis * Noam Chomsky * Confucius * Simone de Beauvoir * Guy Debord * Émile Durkheim * Terry Eagleton * Friedrich Engels * Julius Evola * Michel Foucault * Sigmund Freud * Erich Fromm * Henry George * Giovanni Gentile * Erving Goffman * Jürgen Habermas * Georg Wilhelm Hegel * Thomas Hobbes * Max Horkheimer * Ivan Illich * Carl Jung * Ibn Khaldun * Peter Kropotkin * Henri Lefebvre * Emmanuel Levinas * John Locke * Georg Lukács * Herbert Marcuse * Everett Dean Martin * Karl Marx * Marshall McLuhan * Terence McKenna * John Stuart Mill * Huey P. Newton * Friedrich Nietzsche * Antonie Pannekoek * Plato * Fred Poché * Karl Raimund Popper * Pierre-Joseph Proudhon * Jean-Jacques Rousseau * Sheila Rowbotham * Bertrand Russell * Alfred Schmidt * Socrates * Pitirim A. Sorokin * Herbert Spencer * Charles Taylor * Thiruvalluvar * Max Weber * Adolfo Sánchez Vázquez * John Zerzan * Slavoj Žižek * Arthur Schopenhauer

See also

* Outline of sociology * Social simulation * Social theory * Sociological theory * Sociology


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