Tributes

Tributes : Personal Reflections on a Century of Social Research

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In one of his final works, Stephen Jay Gould spoke of the human race "as a wildly improbable evolutionary event well within the realm of contingency." Drawing on his personal knowledge of fifty figures from the world of twentieth-century social science, Irving Louis Horowitz offers commentaries drawn from a variety of public occasions to explain one segment of this improbable event. In the process he reveals how the past century was defined in substantial measure by the rise of social research. Commenting on Tributes, Daniel Mahoney observes, "some pieces are completely authoritative and detailed, others more conversational and informal. That diversity of approaches tied to the special character of these people increases the readability and interest in the book as a whole. In addition to illuminating the life and thought of these major figures, these essays and addresses reveal the impressive catholicity of Horowitz's concerns and his ability to remain open to the widest range of theoretical and practical approaches." In a certain sense, this book is also an intellectual autobiography in the form of an expression of Horowitz's debt to intellectual interlocutors and influences over the years. As a consequence, Tributes will be of the greatest interest to anyone who wishes to come to terms with the intellectual formation of the people who gave substance to new ways of experiencing as well as explaining society. The book is thus a thoughtful guide to the intellectual life of our times. From Arendt and Aron to Veblen and Wildavsky, these essays take shape as a systematic mosaic of the past century. Written by a central participant in social theory, Tributes is both an informal guide and a formal text for readers coming upon social science innovators for the first time. The book breaks the boundaries of conventional discourse and in so doing gives voice to the outstanding figures that helped make the twentieth century "the century of social research."show more

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  • Hardback | 344 pages
  • 160 x 234 x 34mm | 698.53g
  • Taylor & Francis Inc
  • Transaction Publishers
  • Somerset, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New.
  • 076580218X
  • 9780765802187

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-Horowitz engages us in a conversation with social thinkers who influenced his perspective. This is a book of great power; it evoked memories of distant days and tears for those I miss. These creative talents may not be household names, but each in his idiosyncratic way was a creative force forging what we might loosely call the social theory of the twentieth century.- --The New Criterion, 2004 -This is an unusual book. One wishes it would go on and on. Yet one can also delve into it at any point of the illustrious alphabet (Raymond Aron, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Ludwig Wittgenstein) and get stuck in reflection, approval and sometimes, disagreement. More than fifty biographical cameos of social scientists seen through the eyes of a sympathetic critic and colleague form a mosaic of social understanding.- --The Lord [Ralf] Dahrendork, KBE, FBA -I have been delving deep into Tributes and I interrupt my reading to say how original I think is its conception and excellent its execution. The well-rounded sketches make up an education in the history of ideas about man and society. If I were a student in the social sciences, I would use Horowitz's book as a crib.- --Jacques Barzun, author of From Dawn to Decandence: 1500 to the Present. -Some pieces of Tributes are completely authoritative and detailed, others more conversational and informal. That diversity of approaches tied to the special character of these people increases the readability and interest in the book as a whole. In addition to illuminating the life and thought of these major figures, these essays reveal the impressive catholicity of Horowitz's concerns and his ability to remain open to the widest range of theoretical and practical approaches.- --Daniel J. Mahoney, author of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: The Ascent from Ideology -What readers of Tributes will enjoy the most, I believe, are the insights of Horowitz's encounters with both the limits and mortality of all concerned. This is a book of the ideational lives neither of saints nor of sinners, but of those whose life's work have mattered to the author because they matter most of all to his vision of social sciences. It is a family album, and it is fitting that the man touched by all of them should show them off now with pride and affection.- --Jonathan B. Imber, editor-in-chief of Society. -The dialogues with which Horowitz engages the authors [in Tributes] can only provide some useful or confirming insights for those concerned with policy in its various settings and impacts.- --Richard Abel, Knowledge Technology and Policy "Horowitz engages us in a conversation with social thinkers who influenced his perspective. This is a book of great power; it evoked memories of distant days and tears for those I miss. These creative talents may not be household names, but each in his idiosyncratic way was a creative force forging what we might loosely call the social theory of the twentieth century." --The New Criterion, 2004 "This is an unusual book. One wishes it would go on and on. Yet one can also delve into it at any point of the illustrious alphabet (Raymond Aron, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Ludwig Wittgenstein) and get stuck in reflection, approval and sometimes, disagreement. More than fifty biographical cameos of social scientists seen through the eyes of a sympathetic critic and colleague form a mosaic of social understanding." --The Lord [Ralf] Dahrendork, KBE, FBA "I have been delving deep into Tributes and I interrupt my reading to say how original I think is its conception and excellent its execution. The well-rounded sketches make up an education in the history of ideas about man and society. If I were a student in the social sciences, I would use Horowitz's book as a crib." --Jacques Barzun, author of From Dawn to Decandence: 1500 to the Present. "Some pieces of Tributes are completely authoritative and detailed, others more conversational and informal. That diversity of approaches tied to the special character of these people increases the readability and interest in the book as a whole. In addition to illuminating the life and thought of these major figures, these essays reveal the impressive catholicity of Horowitz's concerns and his ability to remain open to the widest range of theoretical and practical approaches." --Daniel J. Mahoney, author of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: The Ascent from Ideology "What readers of Tributes will enjoy the most, I believe, are the insights of Horowitz's encounters with both the limits and mortality of all concerned. This is a book of the ideational lives neither of saints nor of sinners, but of those whose life's work have mattered to the author because they matter most of all to his vision of social sciences. It is a family album, and it is fitting that the man touched by all of them should show them off now with pride and affection." --Jonathan B. Imber, editor-in-chief of Society. "The dialogues with which Horowitz engages the authors [in Tributes] can only provide some useful or confirming insights for those concerned with policy in its various settings and impacts." --Richard Abel, Knowledge Technology and Policy "Horowitz engages us in a conversation with social thinkers who influenced his perspective. This is a book of great power; it evoked memories of distant days and tears for those I miss. These creative talents may not be household names, but each in his idiosyncratic way was a creative force forging what we might loosely call the social theory of the twentieth century." --The New Criterion, 2004 "This is an unusual book. One wishes it would go on and on. Yet one can also delve into it at any point of the illustrious alphabet (Raymond Aron, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Ludwig Wittgenstein) and get stuck in reflection, approval and sometimes, disagreement. More than fifty biographical cameos of social scientists seen through the eyes of a sympathetic critic and colleague form a mosaic of social understanding." --The Lord [Ralf] Dahrendork, KBE, FBA "I have been delving deep into Tributes and I interrupt my reading to say how original I think is its conception and excellent its execution. The well-rounded sketches make up an education in the history of ideas about man and society. If I were a student in the social sciences, I would use Horowitz's book as a crib." --Jacques Barzun, author of From Dawn to Decandence: 1500 to the Present. "Some pieces of Tributes are completely authoritative and detailed, others more conversational and informal. That diversity of approaches tied to the special character of these people increases the readability and interest in the book as a whole. In addition to illuminating the life and thought of these major figures, these essays reveal the impressive catholicity of Horowitz's concerns and his ability to remain open to the widest range of theoretical and practical approaches." --Daniel J. Mahoney, author of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: The Ascent from Ideology "What readers of Tributes will enjoy the most, I believe, are the insights of Horowitz's encounters with both the limits and mortality of all concerned. This is a book of the ideational lives neither of saints nor of sinners, but of those whose life's work have mattered to the author because they matter most of all to his vision of social sciences. It is a family album, and it is fitting that the man touched by all of them should show them off now with pride and affection." --Jonathan B. Imber, editor-in-chief of Society. "The dialogues with which Horowitz engages the authors [in Tributes] can only provide some useful or confirming insights for those concerned with policy in its various settings and impacts." --Richard Abel, Knowledge Technology and Policy "Horowitz engages us in a conversation with social thinkers who influenced his perspective. This is a book of great power; it evoked memories of distant days and tears for those I miss. These creative talents may not be household names, but each in his idiosyncratic way was a creative force forging what we might loosely call the social theory of the twentieth century." --"The New Criterion,2004" "This is an unusual book. One wishes it would go on and on. Yet one can also delve into it at any point of the illustrious alphabet (Raymond Aron, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Ludwig Wittgenstein) and get stuck in reflection, approval and sometimes, disagreement. More than fifty biographical cameos of social scientists seen through the eyes of a sympathetic critic and colleague form a mosaic of social understanding."--The Lord [Ralf] Dahrendork, KBE, FBA "I have been delving deep into Tributes and I interrupt my reading to say how original I think is its conception and excellent its execution. The well-rounded sketches make up an education in the history of ideas about man and society. If I were a student in the social sciences, I would use Horowitz's book as a crib." --Jacques Barzun, author of "From Dawn to Decandence: 1500 to the Present." "Some pieces of Tributes are completely authoritative and detailed, others more conversational and informal. That diversity of approaches tied to the special character of these people increases the readability and interest in the book as a whole. In addition to illuminating the life and thought of these major figures, these essays reveal the impressive catholicity of Horowitz's concerns and his ability to remain open to the widest range of theoretical and practical approaches."--Daniel J. Mahoney, author of "Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: The Ascent from Ideology" "What readers of Tributes will enjoy the most, I believe, are the insights of Horowitz's encounters with both the limits and mortality of all concerned. This is a book of the ideational lives neither of saints nor of sinners, but of those whose life's work have mattered to the author because they matter most of all to his vision of social sciences. It is a family album, and it is fitting that the man touched by all of them should show them off now with pride and affection."--Jonathan B. Imber, editor-in-chief of "Society."show more