What It Contains

What It Contains

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What It Contains brings together the newest and most important essays of one of the most eminent and creative twentieth-century social theorists, Kurt H. Wolff. More than simply a collection of essays, this is a unified book with a highly self-reflexive and self-referential commentary running throughout the text. Extending and expanding on some of Wolff's important earlier work, the book covers topics that are of vital importance today: surrrender-and-catch, the ineluctable, man as a mixed phenomenon, and the paradox of socialization.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 184 pages
  • 157.5 x 228.6 x 20.3mm | 362.88g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739103946
  • 9780739103944

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 Toward a Conception of Sociology Chapter 4 From "Dualism of Human Nature" to "Human Beings as a Mixed Phenomenon" Chapter 5 Surrender and the Other Chapter 6 The Two Secret Poets Chapter 7 Karl Mannheim and Surrender-and-Catch: An Essay in Autobiographical History of Ideas Chapter 8 On the Way to Simmel Chapter 9 On My Interaction with Simmel's "The Personality of God" Chapter 10 On the Landscape of the Relation Between Hannah Arendt and Martin Heidegger Chapter 11 I Feel I Am Chapter 12 Toward Things and a Good Society Chapter 13 A Structure to Play With: On the Italian Adage, 'Se Non E Vero E Ben Trovato'
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Review quote

A very courageous work that sets aside and yet elucidates conventional views and forms of presentation. A call to reconsider our assumptions. Sociology as poetry! -- J. W. (Hans) Mohr, Emeritus Professor of Law and Sociology, York University What It Contains is a poetic vision, with inspired insights into and about the human condition, sociology, technology, worlds, and existential truths. -- George Psathas, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Boston University
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About Kurt H. Wolff

The late Kurt H. Wolff was Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Brandeis University. A prolific author of many books and essays, he was perhaps best known as a translator of the work of Georg Simmel and Karl Mannheim.
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