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Theorizing Modernity

Inescapability and Attainability in Social Theory

Theorizing Modernity by Peter Wagner
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This book argues that sociology has lost its ability to provide critical diagnoses of the present human condition because sociology has stopped considering the philosophical requirements of social enquiry. The book attempts to restore that ability by retrieving some of the key questions that sociologists tend to gloss over, inescapability and attainability. The book identifies five key questions in which issues of inescapability and attainability emerge. These are the questions of the certainty of our knowledge, the viability of our politics, the continuity of our selves, the accessibility of the past, and the transparency of the future. The book demonstrates how these questions are addressed in different forms and by different intellectual means during the past 200 years and shows how they persist today.
SAGE Publications; January 2001
158 pages; ISBN 9781412933766
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Title: Theorizing Modernity
Author: Peter Wagner
 
ISBNs
1412933765
9780761951469
9781412933766