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Towards the Sociology of Knowledge (RLE Social Theory)
Origin and Development of a Sociological Thought Style

ISBN 9781138985858
Published December 18, 2015 by Routledge
484 Pages

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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.

Table of Contents

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

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