Talcott Parsons was born December 13, 1902 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. As an undergraduate at

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Talcott Parsons was born December 13, 1902 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. As an undergraduate at Amherst College, Parsons studied sociology, philosophy and biology. He received his bachelor’s degree in 1924, then moved on to studying at the London School of Economics. Later, he received his Ph.D. in sociology and economics from the University of Heidelberg in Germany. After earning his Ph.D., Parsons taught at Amherst College for one year, and then went on to be an instructor at Harvard University. At the time, a sociology department had not yet been founded at Harvard, so Parsons started off as an instructor in economics until the sociology department was created a few years later. Parsons eventually became a full professor at Harvard,…show more content…
Parsons visited Germany under Hitler's leadership, and wrote about what he saw there. He returned and debated endlessly, giving multiple warnings on how the German people were faring under fascism. This perhaps played no small part in the US eventually coming to oppose Germany in the Second World War.
Parsons wrote a scathing article entitled "New Dark Age Seen If Nazis Should Win", and went on to rally people behind his staunch opposition of Nazi Germany, and fascism, in general; speaking in public, and appearing on the radio as well as helping to initiate the Harvard Defense Committee to further these efforts. At one point during a public appearance, his speech was disrupted by isolation activists, making him realize that if he was to turn the American people towards supporting a US presence in the European war, he would have to first overcome the strong feelings many Americans had in favor of continued isolationism. After WWII, Parsons would go on to socially oppose Communism and all other forms of totalitarian government, and spoke frequently about what he referred to as "empirical finalism" (cultural and ideological claims as to the "correct" end of a pattern of value-orientation), likening such forms of government to a fundamentalist stance on religion.
Parsons also espoused the ideas of American Exceptionalism, which were more than valid at the time, as the United States was on the leading edge of science and technology, in
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