The Development of Modern Sociology
At the same time that urban problems were growing worse. natural scientists had been u sing reason. or rational thinking. to discover the laws of physics and the movement of the planets. Social thinkers started 10 believe that by applying the methods developed by the natural sciences. they might discover the laws of human behavior and apply these laws to solve social problems. Historically. the time was ripe for such thoughts because the Age of Enlightenment had produced a belief in reason and humanity’s ability to perfect itself.