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Comment on: Durkheim’s “The Division of Labour in Society”

The question of Durkheim is a classical one: How is the society possible? What brings people together? Why the society is not falling apart? This question becomes essential in his time because individual was becoming more autonomous. 606 more words

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Comments on: “Introduction: Habermas and the Public Sphere” by Craig Calhoun

In this introductory article, Calhoun offers a synopsis of The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere as well as a few critical comments. The public sphere is essential for formal democracy. 888 more words

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Reading Notes. Michel Foucault. {Qu’est-ce que les Lumières?} Part I

Aufklärung, ou les Lumières en français, est un événement le plus important dans l’histoire de la pensée. Foucault annonce que l’Aufklärung a déterminé, pour une part au moins, ce que nous sommes, ce que nous pensons et ce que nous faisons aujourd’hui. 751 more words

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Reading Notes. {From Max Weber. Essays in Sociology}. IV. Science as a vocation

In this lecture, Weber comments and advises on science as a vocation. The title “science as a vocation” has a twofold meaning: 1) whether science is a meaningful, worthwhile “vocation” for a person; 2) whether science itself has an objectively valuable “vocation”. 915 more words

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Reading Notes. {From MAX WEBER: Essays in Sociology}. Introduction II. Political Concerns

“Max Weber was a political man and a political intellectual.” Germany, however, was in an unfavourable situation. The National Liberals, imperialists, Pan-Germanists, Anglophobes wanted to pride themselves with fleets, and they won the Junkers’ cooperation, though the latter remained provincial and cared little about overseas empire. 482 more words

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Reading Notes. {From MAX WEBER: Essays in Sociology}. Introduction I. A Biographical View

The Introduction of this book is written by the two translators Gerth and Mills. Since both are eminent researchers of Max Weber, this part it definitely worth reading. 1,336 more words

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Reading Notes. {From MAX WEBER: Essays in Sociology}. Preface

Recently I’ve been reading a Max Weber reader translated into English by two American sociologists: H. H. Gerth and C. Wright Mills. This is perhaps the most renowned selection of Weber’s works. 421 more words

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