A Whole, a Fragment

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A Whole, A Fragment presents a highly personal, experimental work by a great American social theorist, Kurt H. Wolff. In this extended prose poem—a text that reads as much as a work of art as important scholarship—Wolff has created a work of phenomenology that goes far beyond the typical methods of empirical social science to embrace field work as an extraordinary openness to being. Wolff employs a radical hermeneutical method in exploring his own humanity, taking key experiences, dreams and ideas, and ...

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Overview

A Whole, A Fragment presents a highly personal, experimental work by a great American social theorist, Kurt H. Wolff. In this extended prose poem—a text that reads as much as a work of art as important scholarship—Wolff has created a work of phenomenology that goes far beyond the typical methods of empirical social science to embrace field work as an extraordinary openness to being. Wolff employs a radical hermeneutical method in exploring his own humanity, taking key experiences, dreams and ideas, and continually revisiting them from different perspectives throughout the text in order to describe the self-construction of his life. Including personal letters to Wolff from Hannah Arendt and Hermann Bloch, the book portrays a fertile mind's reckoning with pre-phenomenal being in a way that dances between the realms of intellectual consideration and the surrender of will to the intoxication of lived experience.

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Editorial Reviews

George Psathas
A hermeneutic exploration of writing and meaning, describing and feeling, surrendering and catching—it is both poetically sensitive and evocative.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739103906
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 11/15/2002
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

The late Kurt H. Wolff was Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Brandeis University. A prolific author of many books and essays, he was perhaps best known as a translator of the work of Georg Simmel and Karl Mannheim.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 "I Know I am Not Yet Ready" Chapter 3 Vorgang Chapter 4 Hannah Arendt and Hermann Bloch Chapter 5 Another Beginning Chapter 6 To Loma Chapter 7 Loma in the Nineties—Suddenly Chapter 8 Suddenly—Suddenly and Thanks to Hans Mohr

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