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Structure, Consciousness, and History

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Richard Harvey Brown, Stanford M. Lyman, Stanford M. Lyman, Robert Darnton, Rom Harré, Paul G. Creelan, Manfred Stanley, Tracy B. Strong, Louis Marin
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  • Date Published: August 1978
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521293402

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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.

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    • Date Published: August 1978
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521293402
    • length: 300 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: symbolic realism and cognitive aesthetics: an invitation Richard Harvey Brown and Stanford M. Lyman
    Part I. Structure, Consciousness and History:
    1. Symbolic realism and sociological thought:beyond the positivist romantic debate Richard Harvey Brown
    2. History and hermeneutics: Wilhelm Dilthey and the dialectics of interpretative method Richard Harvey Brown
    3. The acceptance, rejection, and reconstruction of histories: on some controversies in the study of social and cultural change Stanford M. Lyman
    4. The histories of 'mentalités': recent writings on revolution, criminality and death in France Robert Darnton
    Part II. Structure, Self, and Evil:
    5. Architectonic man: on the structuring of lived experience Rom Harré
    6. Social theory as confession: Parsonian sociology and the symbolism of evil Paul G. Creelan
    7. Dignity versus survival? Reflections on the moral philosophy of social order Manfred Stanley
    Part III. Praxis and Utopia:
    8. Dramaturgical and political enactments: toward an artistic foundation for political space Tracy B. Strong
    Toward a semiotic of utopia: Thomas More's Utopia Louis Marin.

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    Richard Harvey Brown

    Stanford M. Lyman


    Richard Harvey Brown, Stanford M. Lyman, Stanford M. Lyman, Robert Darnton, Rom Harré, Paul G. Creelan, Manfred Stanley, Tracy B. Strong, Louis Marin

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