Sociological Dilemmas - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780126818604, 9781483260365

Sociological Dilemmas

1st Edition

Toward a Dialectic Paradigm

Authors: Piotr Sztompka
eBook ISBN: 9781483260365
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th January 1979
Page Count: 380
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Description

Sociological Dilemmas: Toward a Dialectic Paradigm aims to build a new paradigm in sociological theory by using the method of dialectical critique, patterned on the approach utilized by Karl Marx. The book explores the sociological heritage, with the theoretical works of Karl Marx as the primary basis of exposition and analysis. Chapters are devoted to the discussion of the theoretical crisis of sociology; the division of sociology between two opposing methodologies; dissociation of sociology from the prescientific traditions of social thought; and the conclusion reached by the author after an extensive analysis of sociological theories presented in the book. The book will be of value to sociologists, teachers, and students of the social sciences.

Table of Contents


Contents

Preface

Part I On the Theoretical Crisis of Sociology

Chapter 1 Critique of Sociology: Traditions and Perspectives

Critique of Sociology: Two Traditions

The "Poverty of Sociology" Tradition

The "Crisis of Sociology" Tradition

The Theoretical Assumptions of Sociology

The Theoretical Dilemmas of Sociology

Models of Sociology

Toward a Reappraisal of Sociology

Part II The Dilemmas of Demarcation—Methodological

Chapter 2 Science or Humanities: Naturalism, Antinaturalism, Integralism

The Naturalistic Tradition

The Antinaturalistic Tradition

Naturalism and Antinaturalism in Contemporary Sociology

What the Dispute Is Really About: An Explication

The Arguments of the Contending Parties

Integralism as a Dialectical Solution

Integralism in the Marxian Sociological Theory

Chapter 3 Science of Man or Science of Society: Reductionism, Antireductionism, Separatism

The Antireductionistic Tradition

The Reductionistic Tradition

Reductionism and Antireductionism in Contemporary Sociology

What the Dispute Is Really About: An Explication

The Arguments of the Contending Parties: An Overview

Separatism as a Dialectical Solution

Separatism in Marxian Sociological Theory

Part III The Dilemmas of Social Cognition—Epistemological

Chapter 4 Knowledge or Action: Cognitivism, Activism, Constructivism

The Cognitivistic Tradition

The Activistic Tradition

Cognitivism and Activism in Contemporary Sociology

What the Dispute Is Really About: An Explication

The Arguments of the Contending Parties: An Overview

Constructivism as a Dialectical Solution

Constructivism in Marxian Sociological Theory

Chapter 5 Detachment or Bias: Neutralism, Axiologism, Commitment

Neutralism and Axiologism in the Sociological Tradition

Neutralism and Axiologism in Contemporary Sociology

What the Dispute Is Really About: An Explication

The Arguments of the Contending Parties: An Overview

Commitment as a Dialectical Solution

Commitment in Marxian Sociological Theory

Part IV The Dilemmas of Social Reality—Ontological

Chapter 6 Man as Object or Subject: Passivism, Autonomism, Creativism

The Passivistic Tradition

The Autonomistic Tradition

Passivism and Autonomism in Contemporary Sociology

What the Dispute Is Really About: An Explication

Creativism as a Dialectical Solution

Creativism in Marxian Sociological Theory

Chapter 7 Society as a Whole or as an Aggregate : Collectivism, Individualism, Structuralism

The Collectivist Tradition

The Individualistic Tradition

Collectivism and Individualism in Contemporary Sociology

What the Dispute Is Really About: An Explication

Structuralism as a Dialectical Solution

Structuralism in Marxian Sociological Theory

Part V Out of the Theoretical Crisis

Chapter 8 Recapitulation

The Premises of the Argument

The Strategy of the Argument

The Outcome of the Argument

A Caveat on Marxism

References

Author Index

Subject Index

Details

No. of pages:
380
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Academic Press 1979
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
eBook ISBN:
9781483260365

About the Author

Piotr Sztompka