Bernard Lahire’s philosophical sociology

From his Plural Subjects pg 5:

It is not that sociologists need philosophers to dictate their theories, but rather that philosophy – or at least a proportion of philosophical reflections – can sometimes contribute usefully to illuminating the concepts used by sociologists in their inquiries into the social world. There is such a fear in France of the idea that sociology might fall back into social philosophy (sometimes that is clearly undesirable) that a large number of sociologists live with a permanent theoretical bad conscience. Any conceptual discussion is suspected of ‘intellectualism’, ‘useless verbiage’ or ‘bad philosophy’.

About Mark