By Frédéric Vandenberghe
A Philosophical background of German Sociology provides a scientific reconstruction of serious conception, from the founding fathers of sociology (Marx, Simmel, Weber) through Lukács to the Frankfurt college (Horkheimer, Adorno, Habermas). via a detailed research of the theories of alienation, rationalisation and reification, it investigates the metatheoretical presuppositions of a severe concept of the current that not just highlights the truth of domination, yet is additionally in a position to spotlight the chances of emancipation.
Although now not written as a textbook, its transparent and cogent advent to a few of the most theories of sociology make this e-book a important source for undergraduates and postgraduates alike. the next in-depth research of theories of alienation and reification provide crucial fabric for any critique of the dehumanizing trends of today’s worldwide world.
Recently translated into English from the unique French for the 1st time, this article showcases Vandenberghe's mastery of the German, French and English faculties of sociology examine. the result's a tremendous and hard textual content that's crucial interpreting for sociology scholars of all degrees.
Frédéric Vandenberghe is a Sociology professor and researcher at Iuperj (Instituto Universitário de Pesquisas do Rio de Janeiro), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His writings on a extensive diversity of sociological issues were released as books and articles all over the world.
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Qxp 8/29/2008 34 4:20 PM Page 34 A Philosophical History of German Sociology thought. , one might say that most, if not all, of Marx’s thought, as well as the critical categories of Capital, are already discernable in their early form, in this brilliant foundational text, written in 1844, but published only in 1932. The Manuscripts’ “anatomy” in effect provides the key to the “anatomy” of Capital, which suggests that we should abandon the structuralist claim that the concept of alienation is a “pre-Marxist concept” (Althusser, 1968: 246) that Marx soon relegated to the museum of philosophy.
Having completed the logical reconstruction of the evolution of the theory of reification, the work closes with an attempt to redeploy the theory of reification within a critical realist theory of society. qxp 8/29/2008 4:20 PM Page 29 Part 1 Classic German sociology First intermediate reflections The German nineteenth century starts with Hegel’s death in 1831 and ends in 1918 with the Treaty of Verdun or, alternatively, in 1933 with the end of the Weimar republic (Schnädelbach, 1983: 15–16). In retrospect, it appears as such an exceptionally rich period in terms of intellectual productivity that I am tempted to compare it with the Italian Renaissance.
From that point on, the critical theme of positivity returns in all later versions of reification theory. The second source is Nietzsche or, to put it in more general terms, originates in Lebensfilosofie (Schnädelbach, 1983: 172 sq and 1992: 177–179 and 315–321). Life is affirmed not only in the critique of the mummification of concepts and the rejection of mechanistic thought, but also in the unpleasant observation – formulated in Simmel’s exemplary theory of the tragedy of culture and society – that modern society and culture are dead, mechanical forms and that in this frozen state they interrupt the flux and ferment that is vital to life.
A Philosophical History of German Sociology (Routledge Studies in Critical Realism) by Frédéric Vandenberghe