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Tributes
Personal Reflections on a Century of Social Research





ISBN 9781138517493
Published October 12, 2017 by Routledge
344 Pages

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In one of his final works, Stephen Jay Gould spoke of the human race "as a wildly improbable evolutionary event well within the realm of contingency." Drawing on his personal knowledge of fifty figures from the world of twentieth-century social science, Irving Louis Horowitz offers commentaries drawn from a variety of public occasions to explain one segment of this improbable event. In the process he reveals how the past century was defined in substantial measure by the rise of social research.

Commenting on Tributes, Daniel Mahoney observes, "some pieces are completely authoritative and detailed, others more conversational and informal. That diversity of approaches tied to the special character of these people increases the readability and interest in the book as a whole. In addition to illuminating the life and thought of these major figures, these essays and addresses reveal the impressive catholicity of Horowitz's concerns and his ability to remain open to the widest range of theoretical and practical approaches." In a certain sense, this book is also an intellectual autobiography in the form of an expression of Horowitz's debt to intellectual interlocutors and influences over the years. As a consequence, Tributes will be of the greatest interest to anyone who wishes to come to terms with the intellectual formation of the people who gave substance to new ways of experiencing as well as explaining society. The book is thus a thoughtful guide to the intellectual life of our times.

From Arendt and Aron to Veblen and Wildavsky, these essays take shape as a systematic mosaic of the past century. Written by a central participant in social theory, Tributes is both an informal guide and a formal text for readers coming upon social science innovators for the first time. The book breaks the boundaries of conventional discourse and in so doing gives voice to the outstanding figures that helped make the twentieth century "the century of social research."

Table of Contents

Preface: A Tribute to Vocation Introduction 1 Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) Juridical Critic of Totalitarianism 2 Raymond Aron (1905-1983) Tribune of the European Intelligentsia 3 Digby Baltzell (1916-1996) Private Paradoxes and Public Losses 4 Ernest Becker (1924-1974) An Appreciation of a Life 5 Herbert Blumer (1900-1987) The Pragmatic Imagination 6 Claude Brown (1937-2002) Going to the Promised Land 7 Morris Raphael Cohen (1880-1947) End of the Classical Liberal Tradition 8 James S. Coleman (1926-1995) Chance, Choice, and Civility 9 W.E.B. Du Bois (1868-1963) Revisiting the Legacy of Atlanta Sociology 10 Daniel J. Elazar (1934-1999) The Covenant Tradition in Politics 11 Hans J. Eysenck (1916-1997) The Liberality of a Social Psychologist 12 Lewis S. Feuer (1912-2002) The Unitary Character of Extremist Ideologies 13 Ronald Fletcher (1921-1992) Defending Scientific Psychology 14 Gino Germani (1911-1979) Sociologist from the Other America 15 Eli Ginzberg (1911-2002) The Economist as a Public Intellectual 16 César Graña (1919-1986) The Culture of Sociology and Sociology of Culture 17 Scott Greer (1922-1996) The Dialectic of the Unique and the Universal 18 Mason W. Gross (1911-1977) Philosophy, Science and the Higher Learning 19 George Caspar Homans (1910-1989) Bringing the Individual Back into a Collective Discipline 20 Laud Humphreys (1932-1988) A Pioneer in the Practice of Fugitive Social Science 21 Jeremiah Kaplan (1926-1993) The Publisher as Social Vanguard 22 Russell Kirk (1918-1994) Revolutionary of the Past 23 Jeane J. Kirkpatrick (1926- ) Legitimacy, Force and Morality 24 Milton Konvitz (1908- ) The Moral Bases of Legal Theory 25 Walter Laqueur (1921- ) Tribune of Political Theory 26 Melvin J. Lasky (1920- ) An American Voice of the European Conscience 27 Harold Lasswell (1902-1978) Garrison States and Good Societies 28 Peter Lengyel (1927-1996) The Anti-Bureaucratic Bureaucrat 29 Max Lerner (1902-1992) Journalist as Political Educator 30 Marion J. Levy, Jr. (1918-2002) Modernizing International Relations 31 Seymour Martin Lipset (1941- ) The Social Uses of Anomaly 32 Robert S. Lynd (1892-1970) and Helen Merrell Lynd (1894-1981) The Sociological Couple Par Excellence 33 Joseph B. Maier (1911-2003) Tradition, Modernity and the Last Hurrah of the “Frankfurt School” 34 John D. Martz (1934-1998) North American Latin Americanist 35 Robert K. Merton (1910-2003) Passionate Professional 36 C. Wright Mills (1916-1962) Sociologist of American Stratification 37 Daniel Patrick Moynihan (1927-2003) The Last Hurrah of Liberal Sociology 38 Robert A. Nisbet (1913-1996) The Radical Conservative 39 David Riesman (1909-2002) Educating the Middle Class 40 Arnold M. Rose (1918-1968) The Power Structure vs. the Power Elite 41 R.J. Rummel (1932- ) Death by Government 42 Peter Shaw (1936-1995) The Political Vision of a Literary Scholar 43 Kalman H. Silvert (1921-1976) Democracy as Human Rights 44 John Stanley (1937-1998) Historian of Political Ideas 45 Anselm Strauss (1916-1996) Democratizing Social Psychology 46 Thomas Szasz (1920- ) The Politics of Psychiatry and the Ethics of a Psychiatrist 47 Jacob L. Talmon (1916-1980) The Social Vision of Intellectual History 48 Thorstein Veblen (1857-1929) Elitist as Populist 49 Aaron Wildavsky (1930-1993) Facts, Policies, Morals 50 Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951) and Karl Popper (1902-1994) Poker Players 51 Kurt H. Wolff (1912- ) His Phenomenal World

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Irving Horowitz