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What It Contains
     

What It Contains

by Kurt H. Wolff, Eleanor M. Godway (Foreword by)
 

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

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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 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.

Editorial Reviews

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.

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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