Embattled Reason

Embattled Reason

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Embattled Reason constitutes an intellectual profile of one of America's preeminent sociologists. This collection of essays, published over the course of thirty years, embodies a series of intellectual choices in response to current concerns and to debates of the past, affording a coherent and unified view of Bendix's work as a whole. The articles are grouped under three headings. In qConditions of Knowledgeq the author is concerned with the value assumptions basic to the social sciences. Under qTheoretical Perspectivesq the author presents the guiding considerations of his own work in a continuing dialogue with such thinkers as Tocqueville, Marx, Durkheim, and Weber. In the last section, qStudies of Modernization, q Bendix takes up problems involved in an analysis of social change though a reexamination of evolutionist assumptions. Reinhard Bendix is professor of sociology and political science at the University of California, Berkeley.At both retreats the Gottingen historian Rudolf von Thadden talked about German history, the Mannheim sociologist Rainer Lepsius talked about German society, and I elaborated on my personal experience not only in Germany but as an emigrant to the United States. The three of ... But in the course of our correspondence I began to put together an early version of this essay. ... FAMILY BACKGROUND AND EARLY INTERESTS I have told my fathera#39;s story in the preceeding chapter.

Title:Embattled Reason
Author:Reinhard Bendix
Publisher:Transaction Publishers - 1989-01-01


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