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What It Contains brings together the newest and most important essays of one of the most eminent and creative twentieth-century social theorists, Kurt H. Wolff. More than simply a collection of essays, this is a unified book with a highly self-reflexive and self-referential commentary running throughout the text. Extending and expanding on some of Wolff's important earlier work, the book covers topics that are of vital importance today: surrrender-and-catch, the ineluctable, man as a mixed phenomenon, and the ...

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Overview

What It Contains brings together the newest and most important essays of one of the most eminent and creative twentieth-century social theorists, Kurt H. Wolff. More than simply a collection of essays, this is a unified book with a highly self-reflexive and self-referential commentary running throughout the text. Extending and expanding on some of Wolff's important earlier work, the book covers topics that are of vital importance today: surrrender-and-catch, the ineluctable, man as a mixed phenomenon, and the paradox of socialization. In the course of presenting an important and coherent statement of his sociology, Wolff explores the work of Heidegger, Arendt, Simmel, and Mannheim and the themes of dualism and the abyss of language. This work will stimulate debate among phenomenologists, existentialists, continental thinkers, and anyone interested in sociological analysis that is not only extraordinarily learned but also deeply personal.

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J. W. (Hans) Mohr
A very courageous work that sets aside and yet elucidates conventional views and forms of presentation. A call to reconsider our assumptions. Sociology as poetry!
George Psathas
What It Contains is a poetic vision, with inspired insights into and about the human condition, sociology, technology, worlds, and existential truths.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739103944
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 11/15/2002
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 6.22 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

The late Kurt H. Wolff was Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Brandeis University. A prolific author of many books and essays, he was perhaps best known as a translator of the work of Georg Simmel and Karl Mannheim.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 Toward a Conception of Sociology Chapter 4 From "Dualism of Human Nature" to "Human Beings as a Mixed Phenomenon" Chapter 5 Surrender and the Other Chapter 6 The Two Secret Poets Chapter 7 Karl Mannheim and Surrender-and-Catch: An Essay in Autobiographical History of Ideas Chapter 8 On the Way to Simmel Chapter 9 On My Interaction with Simmel's "The Personality of God" Chapter 10 On the Landscape of the Relation Between Hannah Arendt and Martin Heidegger Chapter 11 I Feel I Am Chapter 12 Toward Things and a Good Society Chapter 13 A Structure to Play With: On the Italian Adage, 'Se Non È Vero È Ben Trovato'

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