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Current evaluations of Simmel’s theoretical writings on men, women and modernity have read these too generously, relying on a curate’s egg motif culling the good parts from the bad parts. The good parts are judged insightful and prescient, revealing the workings of a sociological imagination...
Georg Simmel reflected intensively on the place of human beings in nature, developing a sociological perspective for observing natural and social changes that so far have been largely ignored. This article discusses Simmel’s theoretical starting point for observing the natural in contrast to...
Dominant schools of sociological theory today tend to downplay, or even omit entirely, a consideration of ‘dynamically autonomous’ ideas. This investigation reconstructs a case study - Max Weber’s analysis of the rise of otherworldly salvation religions - in which just these ideas are...
Weber’s disenchantment is that Kant’s reason fails to deliver on the promise. Kant’s promise is that reason in history will produce ‘progress’, produce ever greater quantities of reason culminating in a ‘rational kingdom of ends’. Weber’s Puritan studies put this claim to the...
Whereas the voluminous work of Niklas Luhmann (1927-98) can be considered as a major focus of discussions in theoretical sociology in the German-speaking world, it has only been translated sporadically and remains widely unknown in the English-speaking world. This review article provides a...
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