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Social theory : a historical introduction

Author: Alex Callinicos
Publisher: Cambridge : Polity Press, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Providing a historical introduction to social theory, this work traces its connections with central themes in modern philosophy, with the development of political economy and with the impact of evolutionary biology on social thought.
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Genre/Form: History
Historia
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alex Callinicos
ISBN: 0814715931 9780814715932 081471594X 0745616445 9780745616445 0745616453 9780745616452 9780814715949
OCLC Number: 40980781
Description: viii, 339 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction. 1. The Enlightenment. 1.1 Prehistory. 1.2 The concept of modernity. 1.3 A moral science. 1.4 The development of social theory. 1.5 Inner strains. 2. Hegel. 2.1 Reconciling modernity. 2.2 The labour of the negative. 2.3 The debate over modernity. 3. Liberals and Reactionaries. 3.1 Post-revolutionary debates. 3.2 Agonistic liberalism: Tocqueville and Mill. 3.3 Providence and race: Maistre and Gobineau. 4. Marx. 4.1 The adventures of the dialectic. 4.2 History and capitalism. 4.3 Class struggle and revolution. 5. Life and Power. 5.1 Evolution before and after Darwin. 5.2 Two evolutionists: Spencer and Kautsky. 5.3 Nature as the will to power: Nietzsche. 6. Durkheim. 6.1 Social evolution and scientific objectivity. 6.2 Society as a moral reality. 6.3 Meaning and belief. 7. Weber. 7.1 Prussian agriculture and the German state. 7.2 Science and the warring gods. 7.3 History and rationalization. 7.4 Liberal imperialism and democratic politics. 8. The Illusions of Progress. 8.1 The strange death of liberal Europe. 8.2 Objectivity and estrangement: Simmel. 8.3 The self dissected: Freud. 8.4 Memories of underdevelopment: Russian intellectuals and capitalism. 9. Revolution and Counter-Revolution. 9.1 Hegelian Marxism: LukAcs and Gramsci. 9.2 Heidegger and the conservative revolution. 10. The Golden Age. 10.1 Theories of capitalism: Keynes and Hayek. 10.2 Functionalist sociology: Talcott Parsons. 10.3 Despairing critique: the Frankfurt school. 11. Crack-Up? 11.1 The 1960s and after. 11.2 Structure and subject: LEvi-Strauss and Althusser. 11.3 Nietzsche's revenge: Foucault and poststructuralism. 11.4 Carrying on the tradition: Habermas and Bourdieu. 12. In Place of a Conclusion. Further Reading. Index.
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