History is, strictly speaking, the study of questions; the study of answers belongs to anthropology and sociology.
The task for sociology is to come to the help of the individual. We have to be in service of freedom. It is something we have lost sight of.
The function of sociology, as of every science, is to reveal that which is hidden.
All theory of modernity in sociology suggests that the more modernity there is, the less religion. In my theory we can realize that this is wrong: atheism is only one belief system among many.
Modern sociology is virtually an attempt to take up the larger program of social analysis and interpretation which was implicit in Adam Smith’s moral philosophy, but which was suppressed for a century by prevailing interest in the technique of the production of wealth.
My students often ask me, ‘What is sociology?’ And I tell them, ‘It’s the study of the way in which human beings are shaped by things that they don’t see.’