Science For Humanism: The Recovery of Human Agency

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2009-02-09
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Author Biography

Charles R. Varela was a professor of psychology and sociology for 37 years at Union County College, Cranford, New Jersey. As a research associate in the Department of Anthropology at The University of Illinois, he is engaged in writing papers and books for the scholarly community and is electively involved in graduate seminars on social and anthropological theory.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. viii
Acknowledgementsp. xii
Science for Humanismp. 1
Historical context: Humanism and Giddens's Callp. 3
Theoretical framework: Postmodernism and afterp. 42
Kant and the stalemate of the social sciences: prelude and transformationp. 67
Kant and the stalemate of the psychological sciences: behavior and energyp. 102
Returning to Kant and the stalemate of sociologyp. 129
Simmel: sociation and the real a priori of powerp. 131
Durkheim: the social fact as a new third antinomyp. 165
Weber: the noumenal freedom of the historical actorp. 201
Parsons, Dahrendorf, Berger: rituals of returnp. 224
Returning to Kant and to Giddens's Callp. 265
The dynamical theory of matter: natural agencyp. 267
Kantian realism: human agencyp. 293
Referencesp. 322
Indexp. 335
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