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Truth and social science : from Hegel to deconstruction / Ross Abbinnett

Main Author Abbinnett, Ross Country Reino Unido. Publication London : Sage, cop. 1998 Description 200 p. ; 24 cm ISBN 0-8039-7593-7 CDU 301
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The noble aim of sociologists to "tell the truth" has sometimes involved ignoble assumptions about human beings. In this major discussion of truth in the social science, Ross Abbinnett traces the debate on truth from the "objectifying powers" of Kant through more than 200 years of critique and reformulation to the unraveling of truth by Lyotard, Foucault, and Derrida. Truth and Social Science gives students an exciting and accessible guide to the main sociological treatments of truth and can also be read as an account of the collapse of modernity and the rise of new forms of thought, which treat difference and ambivalence as positive values. The book will be of interest to students of sociology, social theory, and philosophy.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Introduction
  • Idealism and Social Thought
  • The Rational and The Social
  • Kant and the Origins of Social Science
  • Hegel's Concept of Rational Life
  • Speculative Thought and Modernity
  • The Structural Organisation of Truth
  • Structure, Functions and Systems
  • Marx's Critique of Capital
  • The Powers of Totality
  • The Idealism of Autonomy
  • Weber and the Concept of Social Action
  • Habermas and the Ethics of Communication
  • Poststructuralism and The Violence of Truth
  • Foucault and the Modern Domains of Power
  • Lyotard and the Community of Judgement
  • Violence, Rationality and Community
  • Truth and Modernity
  • Marx and Weber
  • Utopic and Dystopic Ends
  • Community, Modernity and Speculative Judgement
  • Hegel, Derrida and the Metaphysics of Race
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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