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Structure, Consciousness, and History - Richard Harvey Brown

Structure, Consciousness, and History

By: Richard Harvey Brown (Editor), Stanford M. Lyman (Editor)

Paperback Published: 6th November 1978
ISBN: 9780521293402
Number Of Pages: 300

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First published in 1978, this volume is addressed to the crisis prevailing in the social and cultural sciences. The authors explore the conflict between positivism and romanticism, between hard and soft sociological research methods, and between objectivity and subjectivity - conflicts that were particularly acute in sociology at the time of publication. All of the essays adopt the approach of 'symbolic realism' or 'cognitive aesthetics' to overcome the dualism in conventional sociological theory. This strategy of symbolic realism is a philosophical amalgam forged from findings in existential phenomenology, ordinary language philosophy and pragmatism. It establishes a legitimate basis for the application of aesthetic criteria to truth-seeking in the social sciences. The synthesis emergent from these essays suggests a paradigm with broad implications for all the human studies. Students of culture will find this volume a provocative point of departure for their own investigations.

Introduction: symbolic realism and cognitive aesthetics: an invitation
Structure, Consciousness and History
Symbolic realism and sociological thought:beyond the positivist romantic debate
History and hermeneutics: Wilhelm Dilthey and the dialectics of interpretative method
The acceptance, rejection, and reconstruction of histories: on some controversies in the study of social and cultural change
The histories of 'mentalit├ęs': recent writings on revolution, criminality and death in France
Structure, Self, and Evil
Architectonic man: on the structuring of lived experience
Social theory as confession: Parsonian sociology and the symbolism of evil
Dignity versus survival? Reflections on the moral philosophy of social order
Praxis and Utopia
Dramaturgical and political enactments: toward an artistic foundation for political space Tracy B. Strong; Toward a semiotic of utopia
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ISBN: 9780521293402
ISBN-10: 0521293405
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 300
Published: 6th November 1978
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.44

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