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From Karl Mannheim
     

From Karl Mannheim

by Karl Mannheim, Kurt H. Wolff (Editor)
 

Karl Mannheim's thought cuts across much of twentieth-century sociology, politics, history, philosophy, and psychology. This enlarged anthology convincingly demonstrates his centrality to present-day interpetive social and political theory. The posthumous publication of Structures of Thinking and the full text of Conservatism have made From

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Karl Mannheim's thought cuts across much of twentieth-century sociology, politics, history, philosophy, and psychology. This enlarged anthology convincingly demonstrates his centrality to present-day interpetive social and political theory. The posthumous publication of Structures of Thinking and the full text of Conservatism have made From Karl Mannheim more relevant than ever. This volume demonstrates Mannheim's self-awareness and self-critical rhetoric, his sensitivity to cultural contexts, his experimental approach to systems of ideology, his recognition of multiple modes of knowing, and other features of his unfinished theorizing.

There is a strong affinity between Mannheim and contemporary interest in problems of cultural interpretation. New sensitivity to the issue of relativism in both social and cultural studies also depends heavily on Mannheim. The recent demise of communism in Eastern Europe and Russia has focused attention once more on relations between intellectuals in politics, and Mannheim is arguably the most influential thinker who placed this relationship at the center of informed discussion. The range and variety of the articles in this volume reveal him, once again, as a formidable experimental and innovative thinker.

This expanded edition includes Mannheim's brilliant essay "The Problem of Generations." In a new substantial introduction, Volker Meja and David Kettler analyze previously unpublished writings by Mannheim. From Karl Mannheim is essential reading for social and political theorists, as well as for psychologists. As Emory S. Bogardus noted: "Mannheim's life-work is seen as an important, far-reaching and thoughtful complement to the work of sociologists who concentrate then- research in terms of behavioral science."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195013948
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
06/28/1971

Meet the Author

Kurt H. Wolff is professor emeritus at Brandeis University, where he taught sociology until his retirement in 1982. Before that, he taught at Earlham College and Ohio State University. He is author of a number of books and many essays in the field, noteworthy of which are Surrender and Catch: Trying Sociology; and Beyond The Sociology of Knowledge. He has been a key figure in the International Sociological Association, serving as president of its research committees on the sociology of knowledge, and on the history of sociology, and served as Fulbright Senior Lecturer in Rome and Australia. He is the recipient of awards by several foundations.

Volker Meja is professor of sociology at Memorial University in Newfoundland. His other works include Politics and Knowledge, Society and Knowledge, and Modern German Sociology. David Kettler is research professor at Bard College in New York. Before that he held senior positions at the Ohio State University and Trent University. His books include Adam Ferguson: His Social and Political Thought; Domestic Regimes, the Rule of Law, and Democratic Social Change;and Sociology as Political Education. In addition his work has appeared in numerous journals, including Journal of Modern History, Political Science Quarterly, and International Sociology.

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