Positivism, Presupposition and Current Controversies (Theoretical Logic in Sociology): 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Positivism, Presupposition and Current Controversies (Theoretical Logic in Sociology)

1st Edition

By Jeffrey C. Alexander


256 pages

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This volume begins by challenging the bases of the recent scientization of sociology. Then it challenges some of the ambitious claims of recent theoretical debate. The author not only reinterprets the most important classical and modern sociological theories but extracts from the debates the elements of a more satisfactory, inclusive approach to these general theoretical points.


‘(The book)…includes some of the best theoretical discourse of recent years.’ The Annals

‘This is one of the most systematic and thorough investigations into the metaphysical and logical foundations of sociological theory ever written.’ Joseph Ben David

‘Alexander uncovers the most fundamental theoretical choicesany social theory must make, showing how the current controversies relate to these presuppositional choices and providing a way forward through them.’ Acta Sociologica

Table of Contents

1. Theoretical Logic in Scientific Thought 2. Theoretical Logic in Sociological Thought (1): The Failure of Contemporary Debate to Achieve Generality 3. Theoretical Logic in Sociological Thought (2): Toward the Restoration of Generality 4. Theoretical Logic as Objective Argument. Notes. Indices.

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SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General