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By Frédéric Vandenberghe

ISBN-10: 0415473624

ISBN-13: 9780415473620

A Philosophical historical past of German Sociology provides a scientific reconstruction of severe conception, from the founding fathers of sociology (Marx, Simmel, Weber) through Lukács to the Frankfurt institution (Horkheimer, Adorno, Habermas). via a detailed research of the theories of alienation, rationalisation and reification, it investigates the metatheoretical presuppositions of a serious conception of the current that not just highlights the truth of domination, yet is additionally in a position to spotlight the chances of emancipation.

Although no longer written as a textbook, its transparent and cogent advent to a few of the most theories of sociology make this publication 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 traits 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 colleges of sociology examine. the result's an immense and not easy textual content that's crucial studying 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 huge variety of sociological subject matters were released as books and articles all over the world.

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Qxp 8/29/2008 4:20 PM Page 37 Karl Marx 37 by overcoming the alienation of self-consciousness through the speculative incorporation (Erinnerung) of objective being alienated in consciousness. But for Marx alienation is not spiritual: it is real, material, sensorial, almost corporal. Ideas cannot chase away alienation. Because idealism lacks a materialist conception of human beings and reality, it inevitably reverts to positivism: “The supersession of the alienation [in Hegel] is therefore likewise nothing but an abstract, empty supersession of that empty abstraction – the negation of the negation.

Believing that objectivity is best served when we reveal subjective penchants and ideological presuppositions, I do not hide my sympathy for Marx and Simmel, or my dislike for Lukács’ over-Hegelianism. Attempting to remain faithful to the liberating impulse of Marxism, I appeal to it to critique bourgeois sociology; but I also lean on bourgeois sociology to critique Marxist dogmatism. While the old school may find my critique of some aspects of Marxism too harsh, in so far as this difference expresses a generation gap, it is unavoidable.

2). ” For the Germans, and particularly for the intellectuals of the dominant class, which the Germans call the Bildungsbürgertum, culture (Kultur) is a dominant value – which explains why, even today, university education takes far longer in Germany compared to other countries. In Germany, culture is always associated with ideas, values and ends that raise the mind and allow for the cultivation of one’s interior and the development of one’s autonomy. Culture is contrasted to civilization (Zivilisation), which is generally associated with the vulgar and functional, the useful and commercial, means and interests, in short, to technology, politics and economics.

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