Tributes: Personal Reflections on a Century of Social Research

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In one of his final works, Stephen Jay Gould spoke of the human race "as a wildly improbable evolutionary event well within the realm of contingency." Drawing on his personal knowledge of fifty figures from the world of twentieth-century social science, Irving Louis Horowitz offers commentaries drawn from a variety of public occasions to explain one segment of this improbable event. In the process he reveals how the past century was defined in substantial measure by the rise of ...

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In one of his final works, Stephen Jay Gould spoke of the human race "as a wildly improbable evolutionary event well within the realm of contingency." Drawing on his personal knowledge of fifty figures from the world of twentieth-century social science, Irving Louis Horowitz offers commentaries drawn from a variety of public occasions to explain one segment of this improbable event. In the process he reveals how the past century was defined in substantial measure by the rise of social research.

Commenting on Tributes, Daniel Mahoney observes, "some pieces are completely authoritative and detailed, others more conversational and informal. That diversity of approaches tied to the special character of these people increases the readability and interest in the book as a whole. In addition to illuminating the life and thought of these major figures, these essays and addresses reveal the impressive catholicity of Horowitz's concerns and his ability to remain open to the widest range of theoretical and practical approaches."

In a certain sense, this book is also an intellectual autobiography in the form of an expression of Horowitz's debt to intellectual interlocutors and influences over the years. As a consequence, Tributes will be of the greatest interest to anyone who wishes to come to terms with the intellectual formation of the people who gave substance to new ways of experiencing as well as explaining society. The book is thus a thoughtful guide to the intellectual life of our times.

From Arendt and Aron to Veblen and Wildavsky, these essays take shape as a systematic mosaic of the past century. Written by a central participant in social theory, Tributes is both an informal guide and a formal text for readers coming upon social science innovators for the first time. The book breaks the boundaries of conventional discourse and in so doing gives voice to the outstanding figures that helped make the twentieth century "the century of social research."

"The dialogues with which Horowitz engages the authors [in Tributes] can only provide some useful or confirming insights for those concerned with policy in its various settings and impacts." -Richard Abel, Knowledge Technology and Policy

Irving Louis Horowitz is Hannah Arendt Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Political Science at Rutgers University. He has written widely on the history and theory of social science, including The Decomposition of Sociology; Persuasions and Prejudices: Informal Compendium of Social Science, 1953-1988; Ideology and Utopia in the United States; and Winners and Losers: Social and Political Polarities in America.

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"Horowitz engages us in a conversation with social thinkers who influenced his perspective. This is a book of great power; it evoked memories of distant days and tears for those I miss. These creative talents may not be household names, but each in his idiosyncratic way was a creative force forging what we might loosely call the social theory of the twentieth century." --The New Criterion,2004

"This is an unusual book. One wishes it would go on and on. Yet one can also delve into it at any point of the illustrious alphabet (Raymond Aron, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Ludwig Wittgenstein) and get stuck in reflection, approval and sometimes, disagreement. More than fifty biographical cameos of social scientists seen through the eyes of a sympathetic critic and colleague form a mosaic of social understanding."--The Lord [Ralf] Dahrendork, KBE, FBA

"I have been delving deep into Tributes and I interrupt my reading to say how original I think is its conception and excellent its execution. The well-rounded sketches make up an education in the history of ideas about man and society. If I were a student in the social sciences, I would use Horowitz's book as a crib." --Jacques Barzun, author of From Dawn to Decandence: 1500 to the Present.

"Some pieces of Tributes are completely authoritative and detailed, others more conversational and informal. That diversity of approaches tied to the special character of these people increases the readability and interest in the book as a whole. In addition to illuminating the life and thought of these major figures, these essays reveal the impressive catholicity of Horowitz's concerns and his ability to remain open to the widest range of theoretical and practical approaches."--Daniel J. Mahoney, author of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: The Ascent from Ideology

"What readers of Tributes will enjoy the most, I believe, are the insights of Horowitz's encounters with both the limits and mortality of all concerned. This is a book of the ideational lives neither of saints nor of sinners, but of those whose life's work have mattered to the author because they matter most of all to his vision of social sciences. It is a family album, and it is fitting that the man touched by all of them should show them off now with pride and affection."--Jonathan B. Imber, editor-in-chief of Society.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765802187
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/18/2003
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.48 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Irving Louis Horowitz (1929-2012) was Hannah Arendt Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Political Science at Rutgers University. He was the founder and served as chairman of the board and editorial director of Transaction Publishers. A prolific writer, he authored more than fifty books, as well as hundreds of articles and essays.

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Table of Contents

Preface: A Tribute to Vocation
Introduction
1 Hannah Arendt (1906-1975): Juridical Critic of Totalitarianism 1
2 Raymond Aron (1905-1983): Tribune of the European Intelligentsia 11
3 Digby Baltzell (1916-1996): Private Paradoxes and Public Losses 17
4 Ernest Becker (1924-1974): An Appreciation of a Life 21
5 Herbert Blumer (1900-1987): The Pragmatic Imagination 27
6 Claude Brown (1937-2002): Going to the Promised Land 33
7 Morris Raphael Cohen (1880-1947): End of the Classical Liberal Tradition 37
8 James S. Coleman (1926-1995): Chance, Choice, and Civility 43
9 W. E. B. Du Bois (1868-1963): Revisiting the Legacy of Atlanta Sociology 55
10 Daniel J. Elazar (1934-1999): The Covenant Tradition in Politics 61
11 Hans J. Eysenck (1916-1997): The Liberality of a Social Psychologist 69
12 Lewis S. Feuer (1912-2002): The Unitary Character of Extremist Ideologies 73
13 Ronald Fletcher (1921-1992): Defending Scientific Psychology 79
14 Gino Germani (1911-1979): Sociologist from the Other America 83
15 Eli Ginzberg (1911-2002): The Economist as a Public Intellectual 95
16 Cesar Grana (1919-1986): The Culture of Sociology and Sociology of Culture 99
17 Scott Greer (1922-1996): The Dialectic of the Unique and the Universal 109
18 Mason W. Gross (1911-1977): Philosophy, Science and the Higher Learning 117
19 George Caspar Homans (1910-1989): Bringing the Individual Back into a Collectivist Discipline 125
20 Laud Humphreys (1932-1988): A Pioneer in the Practice of Fugitive Social Science 129
21 Jeremiah Kaplan (1926-1993): The Publisher as Social Vanguard 139
22 Russell Kirk (1918-1994): Revolutionary of the Past 143
23 Jeane J. Kirkpatrick (1926- ): Legitimacy, Force and Morality 147
24 Milton Konvitz (1908- ): The Moral Bases of Legal Theory 151
25 Walter Laqueur (1921- ): Tribune of Political Theory 155
26 Melvin J. Lasky (1920- ): An American Voice of the European Conscience 159
27 Harold Lasswell (1902-1978): Garrison States and Good Societies 167
28 Peter Lengyel (1927-1996): The Anti-Bureaucratic Bureaucrat 175
29 Max Lerner (1902-1992): Journalist as Political Educator 183
30 Marion J. Levy, Jr. (1918-2002): Modernizing International Relations 187
31 Seymour Martin Lipset (1941- ): The Social Uses of Anomaly 193
32 Robert S. Lynd (1892-1970) and Helen Merrell Lynd (1894-1981): The Sociological Couple Par Excellence 203
33 Joseph B. Maier (1911-2003): Tradition, Modernity and the Last Hurrah of the "Frankfurt School" 213
34 John D. Martz (1934-1998): North American Latin Americanist 217
35 Robert K. Merton (1910-2003): Passionate Professional 223
36 C. Wright Mills (1916-1962): Sociologist of American Stratification 231
37 Daniel Patrick Moynihan (1927-2003): The Last Hurrah of Liberal Sociology 239
38 Robert A. Nisbet (1913-1996): The Radical Conservative 247
39 David Riesman (1909-2002): Educating the Middle Class 251
40 Arnold M. Rose (1918-1968): The Power Structure vs. the Power Elite 257
41 R. J. Rummel (1932- ) Death by Government 261
42 Peter Shaw (1936-1995): The Political Vision of a Literary Scholar 265
43 Kalman H. Silvert (1921-1976): Democracy as Human Rights 271
44 John Stanley (1937-1998): Historian of Political Ideas 277
45 Anselm Strauss (1916-1996): Democratizing Social Psychology 283
46 Thomas Szasz (1920- ): The Politics of Psychiatry and the Ethics of a Psychiatrist 287
47 Jacob L. Talmon (1916-1980): The Social Vision of Intellectual History 297
48 Thorstein Veblen (1857-1929): Elitist as Populist 307
49 Aaron Wildavsky (1930-1993): Facts, Policies, Morals 311
50 Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951) and Karl Popper (1902-1994): Poker Players 321
51 Kurt H. Wolff (1912- ): His Phenomenal World 329
Bibliography: Original Sources 333
Index of Names 339
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