Historical Who is Who
1902 - 1979
From his department at Harvard Talcott Parsons was a key figure in the development of Sociology as an academic discipline in its own right. He drew especially on the work of both Durkheim, with his emphasis on social integration, and Weber with his attention to the determining role of beliefs. His approach was expressly open to interdisciplinary collaboration, with particular emphasis on the ways in which any patterns individual and social behaviour relate to the sustenance of social order. This led him to identify what he considered to be necessary moral and religious ingredients of the past, present and future societies.