The Sociological Imagination, C. Wright Mills Essay

876 Words Dec 15th, 2016 4 Pages
1. In The Sociological Imagination, C. Wright Mills states that the promise of the Enlightenment was the reason it should lead to freedom, and also believing that his statement in sociology has met this promise. It has met its promise because according to Mills, “the liberating notion of progress by reason, the faith in science as an unmixed good, the demand for popular education and the faith in its political meaning for democracy-all these ideals of the enlightenment have rested upon the happy assumption of the inherent relation of and freedom” (Mills 1959). Therefore, people who can rationalize have freedom and that the enlightenment promised that it can happen. For example, in the works of Marxist, he discussed how men are caught in the irrational anarchy of production, they must become rationally aware of their position in society; should become ‘class conscious,’ which is the meaning of rationality in Marxism work (Mills 1959). Also, the role of reason in human affairs and the idea of the free individual as the seat of reason are the most important themes for social scientists (Mills 1959). An example of what Mills state is Bureaucracy, a way to work and stabilize society. Also, Bureaucracy is one of the institutional organization that have increased in society. There are individuals in Bureaucracy, called “Abstracted” empiricists which often seemed to be more concerned with the philosophy of science than social itself, also empiricism itself supports and provides…

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