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The sociology of philosophies : a global theory of intellectual change

Author: Randall Collins
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1998.
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"Through network diagrams and sustained narrative, Randall Collins traces the development of philosophical thought in China, Japan, India, ancient Greece, the medieval Islamic and Jewish world, medieval Christendom, and modern Europe. What emerges from this history is a general theory of intellectual life, one that avoids both the reduction of ideas to the influences of society at large and the purely contingent  Read more...
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Collins, Randall, 1941-
Sociology of philosophies.
Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1998
(DLC) 97018446
(OCoLC)37315227
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Randall Collins
ISBN: 9780674029774 0674029771
OCLC Number: 608130135
Language Note: English.
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Awards: Winner of Association of American Publishers/Professional and Scholarly Publishing: Sociology and Anthropology 1998
Winner of American Sociological Association: Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award 1999
Winner of AESA Critic's Choice Award 2000
Description: 1 online resource (xix, 1098 pages) : illustrations, maps
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: 1. Coalitions in the Mind --
2. Networks across the Generations --
3. Partitioning Attention Space: The Case of Ancient Greece --
4. Innovation by Opposition: Ancient China --
5. External and Internal Politics of the Intellectual World: India --
6. Revolutions of the Organizational Base: Buddhist and Neo-Confucian China --
7. Innovation through Conservatism: Japan --
8. Tensions of Indigenous and Imported Ideas: Islam, Judaism, Christendom --
9. Academic Expansion as a Two-Edged Sword: Medieval Christendom --
10.\. Cross-Breeding Networks and Rapid-Discovery Science --
11. Secularization and Philosophical Meta-territoriality --
12. Intellectuals Take Control of Their Base: The German University Revolution --
13. --
The. Post-revolutionary Condition: Boundaries as Philosophical Puzzles --
14. Writer's Markets and Academic Networks: The French Connection --
15. Sequence and Branch in the Social Production of Ideas --
Epilogue. Sociological Realism --
App. 1. --
The. Clustering of Contemporaneous Creativity --
App. 2. --
The. Incompleteness of Our Historical Picture.
Responsibility: Randall Collins.
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