Embattled Reason: Essays on Social Knowledge, Volume 2

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Transaction Publishers, Jan 1, 1989 - 480 pages
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Embattled Reason constitutes an intellectual profile of one of America's preeminent sociologists. This collection of essays, published over the course of thirty years, embodies a series of intellectual choices in response to current concerns and to debates of the past, affording a coherent and unified view of Bendix's work as a whole.

The articles are grouped under three headings. In "Conditions of Knowledge" the author is concerned with the value assumptions basic to the social sciences. Under "Theoretical Perspectives" the author presents the guiding considerations of his own work in a continuing dialogue with such thinkers as Tocqueville, Marx, Durkheim, and Weber. In the last section, "Studies of Modernization," Bendix takes up problems involved in an analysis of social change though a reexamination of evolutionist assumptions.

Reinhard Bendix is professor of sociology and political science at the University of California, Berkeley.

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
3
A MEMOIR OF MY FATHER
7
HOW I BECAME AN AMERICAN SOCIOLOGIST
29
EMIGRATION GENERATIONS AND IDEAS
51
INTELLECTUAL DIALOGUES PAST AND PRESENT
66
ENCOUNTERS WITH MARX
69
A READING OF TOCQUEVILLES LETTERS
95
VALUES AND CONCEPTS IN MAX WEBERS COMPARATIVE STUDIES
113
IDEAS AND INSTITUTIONS ANCIENT AND MODERN
201
TRANSFORMATIONS OF PERSONAL CHARISMA IN EARLY CHRISTIANITY
207
SOCIOLOGICAL REFLECTIONS ON THE EARLY CHRISTIAN CLAIM TO ABSOLUTE TRUTH
241
THE ADVOCACY OF SCIENCE GALILEO
289
ADVOCATES OF SCIENCE AND THEIR PERPLEXITIES FROM BACON TO TURGOT
313
COMPARATIVE INDUSTRIALIZATION JAPAN AND THE PROTESTANT ETHIC
351
COMPARATIVE INDUSTRIALIZATION CULTURE AND POLITICS IN WESTERN AND EASTERN EUROPE
369
THE POSITION OF THE SOCIAL SCIENCES
397

INEQUALITY AND SOCIAL STRUCTURE A COMPARISON OF MARX AND WEBER
143
TWO SOCIOLOGICAL TRADITIONS DURKHEIM AND WEBER
165
MAX WEBER AND JACOB BURCKHARDT
185
A PERSONAL TESTIMONY ON TWENTIETHCENTURY SOCIAL CHANGE
413
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