Hegel Contra Sociology (Radical Thinkers) by Gillian Rose

By Gillian Rose

A radical new evaluation of Hegel revealing the issues and barriers of sociological method.
Gillian Rose is likely one of the 20th century’s most vital social philosophers. In possibly her most vital paintings, Hegel Contra Sociology, Rose mounts a forceful defence of Hegelian speculative proposal. Demonstrating how, in his criticisms of Kant and Fichte, Hegel offers a preemptive critique of Weber, Durkheim, and all the sociological traditions that stem from those “neo-Kantian” thinkers, Rose argues that any try and protect Marxism from an analogous critique and any try and renew sociology can't be triumphant with no coming to phrases with Hegel’s personal speculative discourse. With an research of Hegel’s mature works in mild of his early radical writings, this booklet represents a profound step towards enacting simply this kind of go back to the Hegelian.

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But does the idea of a canon of judgement deserve the propriety which it reserves to itself? A main line of argument in the Critical Philosophy bids us pause before proceeding to inquire into God or into the true being of» things, and tells us first of all to examine the faculty of cognition and see whether it is equal to such an effort. We ought, says Kant, to become acquainted with the instrument, before we undertake the work for which it is employed; for if the instrument be insufficient, all our trouble will be spent in vain.

Lukács' first attempts to transcend Geltnngslogik were based on Emil 28 THE A N T I N O M I E S OF S O C I O L O G I C A L R E A S O N Lask's intentional account of validity, Hingelten. This was a phenomenological account of the relation between validity and its objects. 140 While Lukács' criticism of Simmel has frequently been noted,141 what Lukács retains from Simmel unifies his definition of culture, his generalization of Marx's theory of commodity fetishism and his studies of aesthetic form.

Althusser has used Marxist concepts as the precondition of his metacritical argument, 'structures', 'apparatuses', 'ideology', but his metacritique remains non-theoretical. Those metacritiques which had no point of encounter with Marxism, for example, some forms of phenomenology and hermeneutics, were consistently opposed to neo-Kantian methodologism. They were not interested in transforming specific theoretical terms into universal and descriptive ones. However, the paradoxical result of remaining within a transcendental circle which has no theoretical implications, that is, which has no concept of society in general, or of capitalist society in particular, is that these approaches have been read as especially 'abstract' and 'methodological' prescriptions by sociological reason.

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