Exegetical Explorations: Parsons' Theoretical Faith and Hope in Structural Functional Analysis

Wearne, Bruce
September 2013
American Sociologist;Sep2013, Vol. 44 Issue 3, p245
Academic Journal
This article discusses Talcott Parsons scientific world-view and how his theory gave expression to his more-than-merely theoretical reliance upon insights he gleaned from Whitehead and Weber. He developed 'social systems theory' not only with a structural-functional and evolutionary understanding of social action but also saw science, in these terms as well. The article seeks to trace his theory's reliance upon the system concept which gave his work a persistent focus throughout his scholarly career.


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