A Philosophical History of German Sociology

A Philosophical History of German Sociology

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A Philosophical History of German Sociology presents a systematic reconstruction of critical theory, from the founding fathers of sociology (Marx, Simmel, Weber) via LukAics to the Frankfurt School (Horkheimer, Adorno, Habermas). Through an in depth analysis of the theories of alienation, rationalisation and reification, it investigates the metatheoretical presuppositions of a critical theory of the present that not only highlights the reality of domination, but is also able to highlight the possibilities of emancipation. Although not written as a textbook, its clear and cogent introduction to some of the main theories of sociology make this book a valuable resource for undergraduates and postgraduates alike. The following in-depth investigation of theories of alienation and reification offer essential material for any critique of the dehumanizing tendencies of todaya€™s global world. Recently translated into English from the original French for the first time, this text showcases Vandenberghe's mastery of the German, French and English schools of sociology study. The result is an important and challenging text that is essential reading for sociology students of all levels. FrAcdAcric Vandenberghe is a Sociology professor and researcher at Iuperj (Instituto UniversitAirio de Pesquisas do Rio de Janeiro), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His writings on a broad range of sociological topics have been published as books and articles around the world.At least that is how I interpret his definition of form as a a€œmystical moment of union between the outer and the innera€ (SF, 8). ... Nostalgic for the past, LukAics romantically contrasts loss of meaning and the anomie of modern times with the time when ... LukAics is thinking here about the Greece of antiquity (the a€œbeautiful totalitya€ of Hegel and HAplderlin) and the small world of ... Reconciling experience and essence is the task of the essay, but this task can only be accomplished negatively.

Title:A Philosophical History of German Sociology
Author: Frédéric Vandenberghe
Publisher:Routledge - 2008-09-25

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