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Truth and Social Science
From Hegel to Deconstruction



June 1998 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
The noble aim of sociologists to "tell the truth" has sometimes involved ignoble assumptions about human beings. In this major discussion of truth in the social science, Ross Abbinnett traces the debate on truth from the "objectifying powers" of Kant through more than 200 years of critique and reformulation to the unraveling of truth by Lyotard, Foucault, and Derrida. Truth and Social Science gives students an exciting and accessible guide to the main sociological treatments of truth and can also be read as an account of the collapse of modernity and the rise of new forms of thought, which treat difference and ambivalence as positive values. The book will be of interest to students of sociology, social theory, and philosophy.

 
Introduction
 
IDEALISM AND SOCIAL THOUGHT
 
THE RATIONAL AND THE SOCIAL
 
Kant and the Origins of Social Science
 
Hegel's Concept of Rational Life
 
Speculative Thought and Modernity
 
THE STRUCTURAL ORGANISATION OF TRUTH
 
Structure, Functions and Systems
 
Marx's Critique of Capital
 
The Powers of Totality
 
THE IDEALISM OF AUTONOMY
 
Weber and the Concept of Social Action
 
Habermas and the Ethics of Communication
 
POSTSTRUCTURALISM AND THE VIOLENCE OF TRUTH
 
Foucault and the Modern Domains of Power
 
Lyotard and the Community of Judgement
 
Violence, Rationality and Community
 
TRUTH AND MODERNITY
 
Marx and Weber
Utopic and Dystopic Ends  
 
Community, Modernity and Speculative Judgement
 
Hegel, Derrida and the Metaphysics of Race
 
Bibliography
 
Index

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