What is Social Theory: The Philosophical Debates

What is Social Theory: The Philosophical Debates

by Alan Sica, Peter Burke
     
 

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An innovative and wide ranging collection of original essays by today's leading social theorists aiming to clarify the current uses being made of philosophical ideas in the creation of social thought.

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An innovative and wide ranging collection of original essays by today's leading social theorists aiming to clarify the current uses being made of philosophical ideas in the creation of social thought.

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"To invite authors of two broadly contrasting sociological camps to engage in the discussion helps to highlight a wide variety of issues in such a clear manner as to be of great value to students, not to mention a wider readership. For it not only enables the reader to understand the broadly accepted dual demarcation of interpretative and positive, but also to illuminate the more subtle differences that exist within each camp." Michael Keaney, University of Glasgow

"There is no more thorough an editor in sociology than Alan Sica for the simple reason that there are so few who are as broadly literate as he and who, at the same time, know and understand good books and good writing. The list of authors include the most astute sociologists who happen to know philosophy." Charles Lemert, Wesleyan University

"This volume would make useful reading for those interested in the philosophical underpinnings of social theory and where its continued inter-connection may take it in the future as well as, arguably, essential reading for those within the discipline who look more towards the natural sciences than the humanities for their influence." John Walliss, BSA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631209553
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
10/27/1998
Series:
Blackwell Companions to Social Theory Series
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 9.13(h) x 0.86(d)

Meet the Author

Alan Sica is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Graduate Program in Social Thought at Pennsylvania State University. For five years the editor of Sociological Theory, his other books include Weber, Irrationality, and Social Order (1988) and Ideologies and Corruption of Thought (1997) and forthcoming with Blackwell Max Weber and the New Century.

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