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A history of the modern fact problems of knowledge in the sciences of wealth and society 1st edition. Sociology as a scholarly discipline emerged primarily out of the enlightenment thought shortly after the french revolution as a positivist science of societyits genesis owed to various key movements in the philosophy of science and the philosophy of knowledgesocial analysis in a broader sense however has origins in the common stock of philosophy and necessarily pre dates the field. Jean jacques rousseau was one of the most influential thinkers during the enlightenment in eighteenth century europe his first major philosophical work a discourse on the sciences and arts was the winning response to an essay contest conducted by the academy of dijon in 1750 in this work . Cultural carrying capacity by garrett hardin the garrett hardin society articles