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This volume collects Gerard DeGru's writings, spanning four decades of activity. From his thesis on the theory of semiotics in Sorokin and Spengler to his later writings drawing a sharp distinction between the sociology of knowledge and sociological theories of knowledge, DeGru remains sensitive to the place of language in knowledge formation.

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"Gerard DeGre is among the handful of native-born sociologists who helped to introduce the novel field of the sociology of knowledge to an American audience. . . . The present volume, clearly a labor of love, contains most of DeGre's writings, some of them in slightly abbreviated form. The volume is indispensible for students in the sociology of knowledge and is of considerable interest for anybody interested in sociological theory."

--Lewis A. Coser, Contemporary Sociology

"Gerard DeGrE is among the handful of native-born sociologists who helped to introduce the novel field of the sociology of knowledge to an American audience. . . . The present volume, clearly a labor of love, contains most of DeGrE's writings, some of them in slightly abbreviated form. The volume is indispensible for students in the sociology of knowledge and is of considerable interest for anybody interested in sociological theory."

--Lewis A. Coser, Contemporary Sociology

"Gerard DeGrE is among the handful of native-born sociologists who helped to introduce the novel field of the sociology of knowledge to an American audience. . . . The present volume, clearly a labor of love, contains most of DeGrE's writings, some of them in slightly abbreviated form. The volume is indispensible for students in the sociology of knowledge and is of considerable interest for anybody interested in sociological theory."

--Lewis A. Coser, Contemporary Sociology



-Gerard DeGrE is among the handful of native-born sociologists who helped to introduce the novel field of the sociology of knowledge to an American audience. . . . The present volume, clearly a labor of love, contains most of DeGrE's writings, some of them in slightly abbreviated form. The volume is indispensible for students in the sociology of knowledge and is of considerable interest for anybody interested in sociological theory.-

--Lewis A. Coser, Contemporary Sociology

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Gerard DeGré; Cyril H. Levitt [editor; introduction]
Published by Transaction Books (1985)
ISBN 10: 0887380034 ISBN 13: 9780887380037
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Book Description Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Scarce cloth hardcover, xvii + 232 pages, NOT ex-library. Clean, bright, untanned interior with unmarked text, free of inscriptions and stamps, firmly bound. Untorn dust jacket shows gentle handling wear. -- Gerard DeGré is an American pioneer in the sociology of knowledge, and this volume contains the fruit of his life's work in this field of study. Throughout a 35-year period he has shown a rare theoretical mastery and empirical applicability of what was thought to be a European preserve of social science. Influenced by the leading writers in their discipline, DeGré carries their work forward in the direction of what he calls 'socioanalysis'. This volume collects his writings, spanning four decades of activity. From his thesis on the theory of semiotics in Sorokin and Spengler to his later writings drawing a sharp distinction between the sociology of knowledge and sociological theories of knowledge, DeGré remains sensitive to the place of language in knowledge formation. Increasingly, his work has focused on ways to show the empirical relevance of this area. Two chapters do just that. In 'Science as a Social Institution', also included in this book, DeGré attempted to situate the development of modern science in its social context long before it was fashionable to do so. The author and his editor have reviewed each chapter to make sure that its contents accord well with the latest findings in this most intriguing area of sociology - linking European past with an American present. -- Contents: 1. Science of the Social Aspects of Knowledge [Subject Matter; Perspective; Problems; Methodology; Notes]; 2. Sociology of Knowledge and the Problem of Truth; 3. Society and Ideology: An Inquiry Into the Sociology of Knowledge [Introduction; Stratification, Resentment, and Transvaluation (Definition of Concepts; Friedrich Nietzsche; Max Scheler); Truth, Myth and Social Utility (Theory of Derivations of Vilfredo Pareto; Truth and Social Utility; Pareto and Sorel: Myth and Social Change; General Role of Sentiments in the Interpretation of Social Action); Knowledge, Constraint and Society (Determination; Emile Durkheim: Social Genesis of the Categories; Emile Durkheim: Sociology of Knowledge; Emile Durkheim: Sociological Theory of Knowledge); Variety, Action and Thought (Change of Emphasis from Conditioning Factors in Thought to the Human Agent in Knowledge: Rational Communicative Action; Pluralistic Basis of Knowledge; Systematization and Conclusion)]; 4. The Fascist: An Operational Definition; 5. Freedom and Social Structure; 6. Outlines for a Systematic Classification of Social Groups; 7. Ideology and Class Consciousness in the Middle Class; 8. Science as a Social Institution [Science and Social Structure (Language, Culture, and Institutions; Concept of Constellation); Medieval Constellation and the Beginnings of Modern Science; Social Change and the Cultural Norms of Science (17th-century Synthesis; Social Change and New Interpretations; Impact of Political and Economic Trends; Influence of Protestantism; Cultural Values of Modern Science); Scientist and His Social Role: Magician, Gnostician, and Scientist; Requirements of the Scientific Role (Value-Relevance and Value-Judgements; Social Circle and Its Demands Upon the Scientist; Social Status and Social Function of the Scientist); Knowledge, Science, and the Individual Life (Validity and the Sociology of Knowledge; Quest for Knowledge and the Social Order; Approach of Science and the Individual)]; 9. Realignments of Class Attitudes in the Military and Bourgeoisie in Developing Countries: Egypt, Peru, and Cuba; Appendix [Freiheit; Sociology of Free Time and Liberal Arts Education; Leopoldo Zea, 'Apogeo y Decadencia Del Positivismo en Mexico'; Aesthetics of Military Hardware; George Bernard Shaw's The Applecart Revisited]; Bibliography; Index. Seller Inventory # 007059

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