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Theorizing Modernity: Inescapability and Attainability in Social Theory

Опубликовано на портале: 15-01-2004
London: Sage Publications, 2001, 160 с.
How successful are social sciences in explaining the human world? What are their strengths and weaknesses? Peter Wagner argues that the social sciences have lost their ability to provide critical diagnoses of the present human condition. He attempts to restore that ability by retreiving some of the key questions that sociologists tend to gloss over-either because they take the answers to them for granted, or because they presuppose that the answers are beyond the reach of sociology. The former issue is one of inescapability, the latter is one of attainability. Theorizing Modernity identifies five key questions in wich issues of inescapability and attainability emerge. These are the certainty of our knowledge, the viability of our politics, the continuity of our selves, the accessibility of the past, and the transparency of the future. The author demonstrates how these questions have been addressed during the past 200 years and how they persist today. Incisive, shrewd and persuasive, this book is a major contribution to social theory and the sociology of modernity.

Peter Wagner is Professor of Social and Political Theory at the European University Institute and Professeor of Sociology at the University of Warwick