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Between Literature and Science

Between Literature and Science
The Rise of Sociology


Part of Ideas in Context

  • Date Published: June 1988
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521338103

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  • The theme of this book is the conflict that arose in the early nineteenth century between the literary and scientific intellectuals of Europe, as they competed for recognition as the chief analysts of the unique industrial society in which they lived. Sociology was conceived as the third major discipline, a hybrid of the scientific and literary traditions. The author chronicles the rise of the alternative discipline by discussing the lives and works of the most prominent thinkers of the time, in England, France, and Germany. The book presents a penetrating study of idealists grappling with reality when industrial society was in its infancy. Published with the support of the Exxon Education Foundation.

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    • Date Published: June 1988
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521338103
    • length: 400 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 150 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. France:
    1. The transformations of Auguste Comte: science and literature in early positivism
    2. Agathon and others: literature and sociology in France at the turn of the century
    Part II. England:
    3. Facts and culture of the feelings: John Stuart Mill
    4. The unwritten novel: Breatrice Webb
    5. The utopian novel as a substitute for sociology: H. G. Wells
    6. Concealed sociology: English literary criticism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
    Part III. Germany:
    7. Prologue: artisan and poet too: W. H. Riehl
    8. Hostility to science and faith in poetry as a German ideology
    9. A German speciality: poetry and literature in opposition
    10. Disciplines in competition: sociology and history
    11. Remoteness from society and hostility towards sociology in Stefan George's circle
    12. Stefan George, Georg Simmel, Max Weber
    13. Weberian motifs in the work of Thomas Mann
    14. The German spirit in peril: E. R. Curtius, Karl Mannheim and T. S. Eliot
    13. Epilogue: sociology in National Socialist Germany and afterwards

  • Author

    Wolf Lepenies


    R. J. Hollingdale

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