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Essays on the Sociology of Knowledge


reviewed by Margaret Fisher - 1953

coverTitle: Essays on the Sociology of Knowledge
Author(s): Karl Mannheim
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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This volume makes available in English six early articles by Karl Mannheim published before the Nazi accession. The essays fall into two distinct groups. The first three outline the essential elements of a sociology of knowledge: a world outlook, a philosophy of history, and a definition of appropriate problems. The second section applies the sociology of knowledge to three problems: competition, economic ambition and its educative effects, and the problem of generations. Mannheim is anti-positivistic, and rejects relativism in cultural analysis. His apparent relativism is the effect of his insistence that understanding of a culture requires participation in it, acceptance of its total structure, and, only then, analysis of the relation of different institutions to its total structure. This position, happily, permits the student of society to regard cultural products as valid "relative to the given society," while treating them as determined by the particular societal structure. One may have his... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 54 Number 8, 1953, p. 456-456
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 4970, Date Accessed: 1/26/2020 4:08:14 PM

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