First Published in 1980, Manfred S. Frings’ translation of Problems of a Sociology of Knowledge makes available Max Scheler’s important work in sociological theory to the English-speaking world. The book presents the thinker’s views on man’s condition in the twentieth-century and places it in a broader context of human history.
This book highlights Scheler as a visionary thinker of great intellectual strength who defied the pessimism that many of his peers could not avoid. He comments on the isolated, fragmented nature of man’s existence in society in the twentieth century but suggests that a ‘World-Age of Adjustment’ is on the brink of existence. Scheler argues that the approaching era is a time for the disjointed society of the twentieth-century to heal its fractures and a time for different forms of human knowledge to come together in global understanding.
Table of Contents
1. Translator’s Note 2. Introduction by Kenneth W. Stikkers Part I: The Essence and Concept of a Sociology of Culture 3. Cultural Sociology: Sociology of Real Factors, and the Hierarchical Laws Governing the Effectiveness of Ideal and Real Factors Part II: Sociology of Knowledge 4. Formal Problems 5. Material Problems 6. Notes 7. Name Index 8. Subject Index