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A Philosophical History of German Sociology (Routledge Studies in Critical Realism)

A PHILOSOPHICAL HISTORY OF GERMAN SOCIOLOGY (ROUTLEDGE STUDIES IN CRITICAL REALISM)

by: Vandenberghe, Frédéric
Format: Hardcover

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Product Description A Philosophical History of German Sociology presents a systematic reconstruction of critical theory, from the founding fathers of sociology (Marx, Simmel, Weber) via Lukács to the Frankfurt School (Horkheimer, Adorno, Habermas). Through an in depth analysis of the theories of alienation, rationalisation and reification, it investigates the metatheoretical presuppositions of a critical theory of the present that not only highlights the reality of domination, but is also able to highlight the possibilities of emancipation. Although not written as a textbook, its clear and cogent introduction to some of the main theories of sociology make this book a valuable resource for undergraduates and postgraduates alike. The following in-depth investigation of theories of alienation and reification offer essential material for any critique of the dehumanizing tendencies of today’s global world. Recently translated into English from the original French for the first time, this text showcases Vandenberghe's mastery of the German, French and English schools of sociology study. The result is an important and challenging text that is essential reading for sociology students of all levels. 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 broad range of sociological topics have been published as books and articles around the world. Review "This work by Frederic Vandenberghe presents a rigurous and comprehensive account of the Critical Theory tradition. I have no hesitation in asserting that it is the best contribution to the subject which has been produced so far. The section on Habermas, in particular, gives a detailed and highly original interpretation of the main phases in the development of the thought of a major contemporary philosopher." - Ernesto Laclau About the Author 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 broad range of sociological topics have been published as books and articles around the world.

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Product Code: 9780415473620
ISBN: 0415473624
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: 2008-09-24
Number of Pages: 352 pages
Languages: english
Edition: 1
Dimension: 6.22 x 0.94 x 9.21 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds