Full Explanation of The Evolution of Social Science 

The origin of social science can be followed back to the some philosophies which were dominant in  western countries.

Social science basically refers to the empirical investigation of social relations that exists in the human society. In the early 17th century, first attempt was made to study the individuals' relations with their social environment. Hobbes' Leviathan, Locke's Two treaties on government, Montesquieu's Spirit of law was publisher during this period, which contributed towards the study of  "man living in a society".

Evolution of Social Science 

From the later half of 17th century, there occur tremendous changes in individuals' life and social relationship. Renaissance in Italy and other European countries, Glorious revolution, French revolution, American war of independence ,emergence of new form of capitalism all these brought both happiness and sadness to man's life and living. In positive sense it paved the way for fastest commercial development, development of means of transportation and communication technology etc. But on the negative side, it leads to the development of social complexity, political chaos, social unrest etc. Therefore, in order to counter all these problems, social science originated and become a part of academic discipline.



Thus, Social science emerged out of the age of enlightenment, renaissance, and other related development. After that people started adopting more discipline approach to quantify their observation of society.

During this period August Comte become the first person to coin the term sociology. He came out with a complete analysis of the basic principle of social science.

By the end of 18th century, social science was given a firm and respectable position in almost all the European countries and it even become a subject of research.

Now social science is regarded as a study, whose subject matter is directly related with the development human society and with man as a member of society.

It is used as a umbrella term to refer to subject such as history, political science, economics, education etc. Therefore its scope is as wide as the earth itself.


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