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The Flight from Ambiguity : Essays in Social and Cultural Theory - Donald N. Levine

The Flight from Ambiguity

Essays in Social and Cultural Theory

Paperback Published: 1st January 1985
ISBN: 9780226475561
Number Of Pages: 258

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The essays turn about a single theme, the loss of the capacity to deal constructively with ambiguity in the modern era. Levine offers a head-on critique of the modern compulsion to flee ambiguity. He centers his analysis on the question of what responses social scientists should adopt in the face of the inexorably ambiguous character of all natural languages. In the course of his argument, Levine presents a fresh reading of works by the classic figures of modern European and American social theory—Durkheim, Freud, Simmel and Weber, and Park, Parsons, and Merton.

Preface
The Flight from Ambiguity
Ambiguity and Modernity
The Flexibility of Traditional Cultures
Emile Durkheim, Univocalist Manqué
Useful Confusions: Simmel's Stranger and His Followers
Ambivalent Encounters: Disavowels of Simmel Durkheim, Weber, Lukács, Park, and Parsons
Rationality and Freedom, Inveterate Multivocals
Freud, Weber, and Modern Rationales of Conscience
On Subjective and Objective Rationality in Simmel . . . and Weber . . . and Parsons
Epilogue: Two Cheers for Ambiguity in Science
Appendix: Weber's Summary Formulation Regarding the Forms of Rationality
Acknowledgments
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780226475561
ISBN-10: 0226475565
Series: Essays in Social and Cultural Theory
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 258
Published: 1st January 1985
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.0  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition