Sociological Dilemmas

Sociological Dilemmas

Toward a Dialectic Paradigm

1st Edition - January 28, 1979

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  • Author: Piotr Sztompka
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483260365

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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

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  • No. of pages: 380
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1979
  • Published: January 28, 1979
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483260365

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Piotr Sztompka

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