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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
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