Uncertainties of Knowledge / Edition 1

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Overview

The Uncertainties of Knowledge extends Immanuel Wallerstein's decade-long work of elucidating the crisis of knowledge in current intellectual thought. He argues that the disciplinary divisions of academia have trapped us in a paradigm that assumes knowledge is a certainty and that it can help us explain the social world. This is wrong, he suggests. Instead, Wallerstein offers a new conception of the social sciences, one whose methodology allows for uncertainties.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592132430
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 3/19/2004
  • Series: Politics, History, and Social Change Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : the uncertainties of time 1
Pt. I The structures of knowledge
1 For science, against scientism : the dilemmas of contemporary knowledge production 7
2 Social sciences in the twenty-first century 16
3 The end of certainties in the social sciences 34
4 Braudel and interscience : a preacher to empty pews? 59
5 Time and duration : the unexcluded middle, or reflections on Braudel and Prigogine 71
6 The itinerary of world-systems analysis, or how to resist becoming a theory 83
Pt. II Dilemmas of the disciplines
7 History in search of science 111
8 Writing history 126
9 Global culture(s) : salvation, menace, or myth? 142
10 From sociology to historical social science : prospects and obstacles 151
11 Anthropology, sociology, and other dubious disciplines 166
Acknowledgments 191
Notes 193
References 199
Index 207
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