What is general sociology

"There is nothing more practical than a good theory" (Kurt Lewin)

Like all disciplines in the social sciences that developed in the 19th century, sociology has deep philosophical and theoretical roots.

Theoretical knowledge is fundamental to being able to think sociologically. It is not enough to consider problems and questions only from ´today's sociological point of view´. Rather, one must be able to look at earlier classics such as Karl Marx, Gabriel Tarde, Émile Durkheim, Georg Simmel and Max Weber for sociological reflection when dealing with problems and questions.

At the Chair of General Sociology and Sociological Theory, we are of the opinion that theory is above all a product of the work of thinking and writing, whereby this thinking and writing must always be viewed in connection with experience (empiricism).

That is why we always focus on empirical processes in our teaching and research, even when we are busy developing concepts and analytical models. Knowledge not only arises from experience, but knowledge cannot arise without experience. The theories arising from experience-based knowledge can be checked for plausibility or rejected through constant reflection.

It is our aim to introduce innovations in the way in which sociological theories arise. We are convinced that most of the basic sociological concepts have been shaped by individual procedures in order to understand social processes and operations.

In our teaching and research, our main focus is on the following points:

  • Basic concepts, perspectives and the history of sociological ways of thinking
  • Empirical philosophy
  • Space, place and culture
  • Processes of communication, virtuality and networking
  • Science and technology
  • Risks, crises and disasters e.g. healthcare, environment, sustainability, stability
  • Religion and religiosity
  • Family, relationships, genders and sexuality
  • Education and social development
  • Political and social thinking
  • Charity and Empirical Ethics
  • Personification / depersonalization
Contact to the chair

Postal address:

Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt

Chair of General Sociology and Sociological Theory

Kapuzinergasse 2

85072 Eichstätt


Tel: +49 8421 93-21666

Fax: +49 8421 93-216660

eMail: hildegard.alberter (at) ku.de