A Fragment of a Sociological Autobiography: The History of by Edward Shils PDF

By Edward Shils

ISBN-10: 0765803364

ISBN-13: 9780765803368

ISBN-10: 1138507180

ISBN-13: 9781138507180

Edward Shils was once one of many giants of sociological conception within the interval after international battle II. during this autobiography, written 3 years prior to his demise in 1995, Shils displays at the extraordinary diversity of his life's paintings and actions, together with founding and modifying the magazine "Minerva", being a principal determine within the Congress of Cultural Freedom, serving as a founding member of the editorial board of "The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists", and being a member of the overseas Council at the way forward for the college. Shils acknowledges team spirit of outrage runs via his many theoretical writings and actions. Early in his existence, the fear used to be expressed as realizing the nature of consensus. over the past fifteen years of his existence, he sophisticated his figuring out of consensus via research of the character of "collective self-consciousness." That hindrance used to be the constitution and personality of the ethical order of a society, and, specifically, liberal, democratic society. Accompanying the autobiography are unpublished essays, "Society, Collective Self-Consciousness and Collective Self-Consciousnesses" and "Collective Self-Consciousness and Rational Choice," components of highbrow main issue mentioned within the autobiography. The e-book includes attention-grabbing dialogue of the various humans Shils knew all through his illustrious profession: Robert Park, Louis Wirth, Talcott Parsons, Karl Mannheim, Michael Polanyi, Audrey Richards, Karl Popper, Robert Merton, and so forth. They characterize Shils' ultimate formulations at the personality of society and its ethical order. As such, it's a most crucial contribution either to the background of the social sciences within the 20th century and to sociological theory.

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