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Why you should never read Hideo Yokoyama

I will try to be as tautological as Yokoyama. Like Yokoyama I will carry on and on about the same things till you know the torture of reading… 1,568 more words

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The Faux Patriot Phenomenon

by Guy Walker

On a dank fetid afternoon in the middle of August, as the sweltering torridity encouraged record-breaking fires to spread even further across the American frontier, Donald Trump emerged for a group of journalists, their questions frantic, as if each one were trying to clammer over the another. 2,047 more words

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The Lorax: Ideology & the dream of escape

I know: The Lorax (dir. Chris Renauld/Kyle Balda, 2012) is a kids’ film, based on a childrens’ book. It’s a fable, with a positive message, a moral whose truth we all benefit from hearing, kids and adults: nature is good, we mustn’t destroy it with destructive self-interest or the pursuit of profit. 953 more words

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The Political Art of Bob Dylan

The Political Art of Bob Dylan
Edited by David Boucher & Gary Browning
Imprint Academic – £14.95/$29.90

Everything he does is expression, eruption, explosion. This is the hottest crater of a volcanic epoch, spewing out the lava of its visions in unpredictable bursts with irresistible power, in the relentless swell of the inner fire. 615 more words

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I: Snapple Fictions

Snapple Fictions: Narratives Between Fact and Belief

John Genz

You must be thirsty. For this or whatever reason, you’re about to drink a Snapple. You pop it open and, automatically, you check the back of the cap. 3,381 more words

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The Positivist Dispute in German Sociology

Introduction (David Frisby)

1. What is Positivism and what is scientism

  • Habermas criticises Comte’s usage of “positive” to set methodological rules in social sciences (pxi): 1)sense certainty, 2) methodical certainty, 3) knowledge is guaranteed only by theories that allow the deduction of ladylike hypotheses, 4) rationalist principles, 5) knowledge is unfinished and relative…
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Book Notes

Positivism VS. Critical research

Adorno’s Critique about the three fundamental assumptions of positivism:

1) 反驳:实证主义代表客观的科学有效性:

工具理性(否定主观精神,物化的社会关系)

经验材料也是被概念中介过的,缺乏对自身与社会之间关系的反思

2)反驳:实证主义命题是价值中立的

其实是反映了实证主义的有效的价值系统(交换价值的统治地位),只展示/关注/研究表面的现存的社会现象

社会学应该把握社会现象背后的社会关系(即揭示意识形态)

3)反驳:研究命题的意义在于可证实行

有些命题无法验证(e.g. 弗洛伊德解读社会反抗的行为)

有些社会理论的意义不需要被验证(e.g. Jazz中体现的主体意义)

这种对于可证实性的强调反映了实证主义的工具理性(同一性,标准化,否定幻想)

实证主义的基本命题掩盖了逻辑与经验之间的冲突(批维特根斯坦的逻辑经验主义)

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