Consciousness & Society (Ppr) / Edition 1

Consciousness & Society (Ppr) / Edition 1

by H. Stuart Hughes
     
 

H. Stuart Hughes was perhaps the greatest chronicler of the modern intellectual history of Europe. His monumental work, Consciousness and Society, was a benchmark. The original publication of the book marks the first time an author undertook with such power or so broad a scope the canvas used by the generation of 1890's Europe. When it was first

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H. Stuart Hughes was perhaps the greatest chronicler of the modern intellectual history of Europe. His monumental work, Consciousness and Society, was a benchmark. The original publication of the book marks the first time an author undertook with such power or so broad a scope the canvas used by the generation of 1890's Europe. When it was first published, Consciousness and Society was greeted with much respect and admiration. It still affects the way historians and political theorists approach their work.

Hughes' ideas, and the way they are expressed in Consciousness and Society, have become paradigms of twentieth-century scholarship. In dealing with the changing social thought after 1890 in Europe, Hughes covers a wide array of thinkers and issues in a scholarly, yet graceful manner. His is a study of the "cluster of genius" of Europe at that time: Croce, Durkheim, Freud, Weber, and Nietzsche, as well as other great European minds. The book explores questions that are still relevant in today's society: Is the separation of facts and values tenable, or even desirable? Can rationality accommodate the ideas of a Bergson or a Freud? Is there, or should there be, a relationship between science and religion? And does history have any ultimate meaning for later generations?

Consciousness and Society was the first of a trilogy, the latter two being The Obstructed Path and The Sea Change. While the subsequent studies are also groundbreaking and significant works, it was Consciousness and Society that established Hughes' rank in the field of intellectual history. Hughes approaches his subjects, as he later did with pertinent issues of the twentieth-century, with both reason and compassion. This edition includes an elegant new introduction by the distinguished political scientist Stanley Hoffmann.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765809186
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
06/11/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
468
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.04(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Transaction Edition
Acknowledgments
1Some Preliminary Observations3
2The Decade of the 1890's: The Revolt against Positivism33
3The Critique of Marxism67
IDurkheim and Marxism as Moral Passion75
IIPareto and the Theory of the Elite78
IIICroce and Historical Materialism as a Canon of Interpretation82
IVSorel and Marxism as "Social Poetry"90
Postscript: Gramsci and Marxist Humanism96
4The Recovery of the Unconscious105
IThe Philosophical and Scientific Setting105
IIBergson and the Uses of Intuition113
IIISigmund Freud: Epistemology and Metaphysics125
IVSigmund Freud: Social Philosophy136
VJung and the "Collective Unconscious"153
5Georges Sorel's Search for Reality161
6Neo-Idealism in History183
IThe German Idealist Tradition183
IIDilthey and the Definition of the "Cultural Sciences"192
IIIBenedetto Croce: From the "First Essays" to the "Historiography"200
IVBenedetto Croce: The Concept of Ethico-Political History213
VTroeltsch, Meinecke, and the Crisis in German Values229
7The Heirs of Machiavelli: Pareto, Mosca, Michels249
Postscript: Alain and the Restatement of Radicalism274
8Max Weber and the Transcending of Positivism and Idealism278
Preamble: Durkheim and the Positivist Remainder278
IIntellectual Origins and Early Production287
IIThe Methodological Phase296
IIIThe Studies of Religion314
IVSociology and History323
9The European Imagination and the First World War336
IThe Generation of 1905337
IIPeguy and Alain-Fournier345
IIIThe Novelist and the Bourgeois World: Gide and Mann358
IVThe Moral Legacy of the War: Spengler and the "Elders"368
VThe Literary Sensations of the Post-War Years: Hesse, Proust, Pirandello378
10The Decade of the 1920's: The Intellectuals at the Point of Cleavage392
IThe New Philosophical Interests395
IIThe Social Question401
IIIThe Role of the Intellectuals: Mann, Benda, Mannheim404
IVA Generation in Retrospect427
Bibliographical Note432
Index435

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