Martin Kusch's The Sociology of Philosophical Knowledge PDF

By Martin Kusch

ISBN-10: 9048153905

ISBN-13: 9789048153909

ISBN-10: 940159399X

ISBN-13: 9789401593991

This quantity brings jointly a couple of authors that see themselves as contribu­ tors to, or severe commentators on, a brand new box that has lately emerged in the sociology of information. This new box is 'the Sociology of Philosophical wisdom' (SPK). learning philosophers and their wisdom from largely sociological or political views isn't really, after all, a contemporary phenomenon. Marxist writers have used such views in the course of the 20th century, and, because the sixties, feminist authors have additionally sometimes engaged in sociological research of philosophers' texts. What distinguishes SPK from those sociologies is that SPK isn't engaged in a political fight; certainly, SPK continues to be, usually, impartial with appreciate to the reality or falsity of the doctrines it reports. In doing so, SPK follows the 'strong programme' within the sociology of medical wisdom. In 'Wittgenstein as a Conservative Thinker', David Bloor attracts at the paintings of the sociologist Karl Mannheim with the intention to situate Wittgenstein's philosophy. Mannheim unusual among very important forms of idea within the 9­ teenth century. the 1st, the 'natural legislations' ideology used to be linked to rules of the Enlightenment and the French Revolution. It emphasised individualism, growth, and common cause. the second one kind of inspiration used to be 'conservatism'.

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Aspects of the will to knowledge: instinct, passion, the inquisitor's persistence, A CASE STUDY AND A DEFENSE 31 cruel subtlety, and malice' (1984, pp. 78, 95). I find it inviting to interpret Foucault's reading of Nietzsche as follows. Our ordinary understanding of the rational is fundamentally flawed; it is a folk theory that misconstrues the factors that move us and others. This folk theory is upheld by those in power to hinder us from empowering ourselves. It is difficult to see how one could argue with an advocate of this view.

This generation was not interested in philosophy of the dry Husserlian, or Neokantian, style. This fact was dramatically brought home to everyone by the enormous success of Oswald Spengler's The Decline of the West (Der Untergang des Abendlandes, 1918), a book that was notorious in its disdain for academic philosophy. Needless to say, Spengler was quickly accused of being a psychologistic thinker (Messer 1914), but this label hardly hampered his success. Academic philosophers like Max Scheler and Martin Heidegger, the new stars of the 1920s, provided a better answer to Spengler's challenge.

140-145). David Bloor's and Mary Douglas' work informs pretty much all of what I myself have written on the sociology of knowledge. Nevertheless, I feel that a reductive-socio10gistic construal of this highly influential body of work - a construal to which at least Bloor himself subscribes (personal communication) is perhaps misplaced. The point I wish to make is this. The type-type reduction aimed for by the reductive sociologist is no more than an ideal. Although we would all perhaps like to have strict laws reducing the rational to the social, all we have so far are the vaguest of generalizations.

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