Recovering Sociology's Classics

Hardcover | October 31, 2015

byAlan How

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Debates have raged over the role of classic texts in Sociology teaching and whether they should be discarded. Examining the case for and against, the author puts forward the intriguing hermeneutic idea that their persistence lies not in expressing eternal truths, but in the way history evokes in us a sense of their continuing relevance.

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Debates have raged over the role of classic texts in Sociology teaching and whether they should be discarded. Examining the case for and against, the author puts forward the intriguing hermeneutic idea that their persistence lies not in expressing eternal truths, but in the way history evokes in us a sense of their continuing relevance...

ALAN HOW is Curriculum Leader for undergraduate sociology and Course Leader for the Masters programme at University College Worcester, UK. His previous book is The Habermas-Gadamer Debate and the Nature of the Social.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.11 inPublished:October 31, 2015Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230013260

ISBN - 13:9780230013261

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Table of Contents

The Idea of a Canon * Back to the Future: Canons and Their Discontents * The Changing Nature of Sociology: Classics, Texts and Authors * The Hermeneutics of Faith versus the Hermeneutics of Suspicion * The Importance of Distinction: Classics against Canons * Enlarging the Distinction: the Fusion of Horizons * Tradition and Classic Texts * The Famous Three: Weber, Marx and Durkheim * References * Index