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Hill, Michael R. 2005. “Sociological Thought Experiments: Five Examples from the History of Sociology.” (The 2003 Iowa Sociological Association Keynote Address). Sociological Origins 3 (Spring, 2005, Special Supplement): 3-19.


Copyright 2005 Michael R. Hill


Iam honored to speak with you today about several topics close to my professional and personal heart. I say personal as well as professional because for some twenty years now my interest in the history of sociology has developed and deepened in tandem with the pioneering research conducted by my life-partner, MaryJo Deegan. Her work on Jane Addams and the Men of the Chicago School, 1892-1918 (Deegan 1988a) has become the paradigm example for the “new history” in sociology, and it is my inspiration for today’s discussion.