No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is piece of the Continent, a part of the main; if a Clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a Promontory were, as well as if a Manor of thy friend's or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee..
- John Donne, 1996
Social philosophy is the philosophical study of questions about social behavior (typically, of humans). Social philosophy addresses a wide range of subjects, from individual meanings to legitimacy of laws, from the social contract to criteria for revolution, from the functions of everyday actions to the effects of science on culture, from changes in human demographics to the collective order of a wasp's nest.
Social philosophy deals with the concept and principles regarding the society in relation to moral, spiritual and cultural standards
There is often a considerable overlap between the questions addressed by social philosophy and ethics or value theory. Other forms of social philosophy includepolitical philosophy and jurisprudence, which are largely concerned with the societies of state and government and their functioning.
Social philosophy, ethics, and political philosophy all share intimate connections with other disciplines in the social sciences. In turn, the social sciences themselves are of focal interest to the philosophy of social science.