Embattled Reason: Essays on Social Knowledge, Volume 1

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Transaction Publishers, 1970 - 324 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

Social Science and the Image of Man
7
The Age of Ideology Persistent and Changing
23
Sociology and the Distrust of Reason
61
Science and the Purposes of Knowledge
83
Theoretical Perspectives
105
Introduction to Part II
107
Images of Society and Problems of Concept Formation in Sociology with Bennett Berger
111
Social Theory and the Break with Tradition
133
Changing Patterns of Authority in Relation to Industrialization and Social Protest
203
Studies of Modernization
231
Introduction to Part III
233
Industrialization Ideologies and Social Structure
237
Social Stratification and the Political Community
251
Tradition and Modernity Reconsidered
279
The Special Position of Europe
321
The Intellectuals Role in the Modern World
339

Culture Social Structure and Change
151
Reflections on Modern Western States and Civil Societies with John Bendix
179

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