By George E. McCarthy

Examines the effect of Aristotle and Kant at the nineteenth-century social concept of Marx, Durkheim, and Weber.

The classical origins of nineteenth-century social thought are illuminated during this sequel to the award-winning Classical Horizons: The Origins of Sociology in old Greece. George E. McCarthy stresses the significance of Aristotle and Kant within the construction of a brand new form of social technological know-how within the 19th century that represented a severe response to Enlightenment rationality and sleek liberalism. The seminal social theorists Marx, Durkheim, and Weber built-in Aristotle’s idea of ethical financial system and useful knowledge (phronesis) with Kant’s thought of data and ethical autonomy. The ensuing social theories, uniquely supported by way of a view of useful technological know-how that wove jointly technology and ethics, proved instrumental to the improvement of contemporary sociology and anthropology.

“The neatest thing approximately this publication is what McCarthy has to assert in regards to the origins of serious thought, specifically in Hume and Kant, and how within which he manages to merge—or ‘synthesize’, as he could say—what Marx, Weber and Durkheim need to say on a couple of very important questions. major discussions of objectivity, justice, the speculation of price, socialism, human rights, relativism, democracy, marketplace economics, functionalism and friendship are provided by means of McCarthy, who additionally offers us with a couple of very telling asides, anybody of which would supply proposal for an additional book.” — magazine of Classical Sociology

“…the thought of a brand new point of view at the upward push of sociology as a moral, empirically established self-discipline on the strange cross-roads of Aristotle and Kant, including a attention of its primary authors, is unquestionably the first benefit and focal point of this booklet. through highlighting the ‘ethical’ measurement of social idea McCarthy hence monitors the probabilities of drawing upon the classics as assets of critique for the present.” — serious Sociology

“…[a] amazing book.” — CHOICE

“George McCarthy has been exploring paradoxes of this sort for 1 / 4 of a century, and this new e-book … deals one of many fullest money owed but released on those themes.” — modern Sociology

George E. McCarthy is nationwide Endowment for the arts individual instructing Professor of Sociology at Kenyon university. His books comprise Classical Horizons: The Origins of Sociology in old Greece, additionally released by way of SUNY Press; Objectivity and the Silence of cause: Weber, Habermas, and the Methodological Disputes in German Sociology; Romancing Antiquity: German Critique of the Enlightenment from Weber to Habermas; and Dialectics and Decadence: Echoes of Antiquity in Marx and Nietzsche.

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