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who attempted to make sense of every sphere of social life

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google.com/images?q=sphere of – mplungjan Mar 6 '11 at 17:49
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Sphere here is another word for domain or area.

2 an area of activity, interest, or expertise : his new wife's skill in the domestic sphere. • a section of society or an aspect of life distinguished and unified by a particular characteristic : political reforms to match those in the economic

From the NOAD.

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