A Philosophical History of German Sociology (Routledge by Frédéric Vandenberghe

By Frédéric Vandenberghe

A Philosophical heritage of German Sociology offers a scientific reconstruction of serious idea, from the founding fathers of sociology (Marx, Simmel, Weber) through Lukács to the Frankfurt institution (Horkheimer, Adorno, Habermas). via a close research of the theories of alienation, rationalisation and reification, it investigates the metatheoretical presuppositions of a severe idea of the current that not just highlights the truth of domination, yet can also be capable of spotlight the chances of emancipation.

Although now not written as a textbook, its transparent and cogent advent to a couple of the most theories of sociology make this e-book a beneficial source for undergraduates and postgraduates alike. the subsequent in-depth research of theories of alienation and reification provide crucial fabric for any critique of the dehumanizing traits of today’s international world.

Recently translated into English from the unique French for the 1st time, this article showcases Vandenberghe's mastery of the German, French and English colleges of sociology learn. the result's a big and not easy textual content that's crucial interpreting for sociology scholars of all degrees.

Frédéric Vandenberghe is a Sociology professor and researcher at Iuperj (Instituto Universitário de Pesquisas do Rio de Janeiro), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His writings on a wide variety of sociological themes were released as books and articles world wide.

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At that point the gradual crystallization of the possibilities is no longer the conclusion, but instead becomes the point of departure for the analysis of reification. In Part 3, which is dedicated in its entirety to the work of Habermas, I follow and reconstruct the reformulation of the theory of reification after the linguistic turn, which is in fact a pragmatic turn to a communicative theory of communicative action that refuses to reduce rationalization to reification. qxp 8/29/2008 1 4:20 PM Page 33 Karl Marx: critique of the triple inversion of subject and object Alienation, exploitation, and commodity fetishism1 It is difficult to imagine Marxist theory without the concept of alienation.

The main objective of Parsons’ first, programmatic book, which is undoubtedly also his best work, was to develop a voluntaristic theory of action capable of synthetically exceeding the reductionism characteristic of objective materialism and idealism. Materialism quite rightly insists on the material elements that condition action. But, since it tends to eliminate the (normative) symbolic structures that direct action by reducing them to a reflection of the material base, it runs the risk of making the error of epiphenomenalism.

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