The sociology of knowledge is an area of social scientific investigation with major emphasis on the relations between social life and intellectual activity. It is now an area central to most graduate and undergraduate courses in sociology. The present collection of readings explains the origins, systematic development, present state and possible future direction of the discipline. The major statements in the field were developed early in the twentieth century by Durkheim, Scheler and Mannheim, but the sociology of knowledge continues to engage the theoretical and empirical interests of contemporary sociologists who desire to penetrate the surface level of social existence. This book, with its carefully selected contributions and an introduction which relates the selections to the developmental pattern of the discipline, provides guidance and insight for the reader concerned with the topical issues raised by sociologists of knowledge.
Part 1. Introduction 1. Existence and Thought Gunter W. Remmling Part 2. Forerunners and Pioneers 2. Francis Bacon and the French Enlightenment Philosophers Gunter W. Remmling 3. Elements of a Sociology of Ideas in the Saint-Simonian Philosophy of History Georg G. Iggers 4. The Conservative Tradition in the Sociology of Knowledge Werner Stark Part 3. Methodological and Conceptual Presuppositions 5. The Theoretical Possibility of the Sociology of Knowledge Arthur Child 6. Historicism Karl Mannheim 7. Some Social-Psychological and Political Functions of Ideology Rolf Schulze Part 4. Karl Marx and the Social Determination of Consciousness 8. On Social Existence and Consciousness Karl Marx 9. Marxism and Marxist Sociology of Knowledge Gunter W. Remmling Part 5. Emile Durkheim and the Sociological Theory of Knowledge 10. The Sociology of Knowledge in the French Tradition Gunter W. Remmling 11. A Sociological Theory of Knowledge Edwad L. Schaub Part 6. Max Scheler and Phenomenological Sociology of Knowledge 12. Sociology of Knowledge from the Standpoint of Modern Phenomenology: Max Scheler Karl Mannheim 13. Max Scheler’s Sociology of Knowledge Howard Becker and Helmut Otto Dahlke Part 7. Karl Mannheim and Historicist Sociology of Knowledge 14. The Significance and Development of Karl Mannheim’s Sociology Gunter W. Remmling 15. The Epistemological Relevance of Mannheim’s Sociology of Knowledge Virgil G. Hinshaw, Jun. 16. Karl Mannheim and Contemporary Functionalism Thelma Z. Lavine Part 8. Contemporary Sociology of Knowledge: Symbolic Interactionism, Phenomenology, Quantitatism 17. Mannheim, Cooley, and Mead: Toward a Social Theory of Mentality Harvey A. Farberman 18. Identity as a Problem in the Sociology of Knowledge Peter L. Berger 19. Existential Phenomenology and the Sociological Tradition Edward A. Tiryakian 20. The Sociology of Knowledge and the Nature of Social Knowledge David Martin 21. A Quantitative Study in the Sociology of Knowledge Franz Adler Part 9. Applied Sociology of Knowledge 22. Mannheim’s Generational Analysis and Acculturation Alex Simirenko 23. Knowledge, Power and the University: Notes on the Impotence of the Intellectual Robert G. Snyder 24. Ideology and Utopia in South Africa: A Methodological Contribution to the Sociology of Knowledge K. Danziger 25. Social Classes in Ecuador: A Study of the Ideological Distortion of Social Reality Gunter W. Remmling, Georg Maier, Elba Valdivia Remmling 26. The Structures of Doubt: Reflections on Moral Intelligibility as a Problem in the Sociology of Knowledge Manfred Stanley