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A synthesis of forty years work by Frances leading sociologist, this book pushes the critique of scholarly reason to a new level. It is a brilliant example of Bourdieus unique ability to link sociological theory, historical information, and philosophical thought.

Pascalian Meditations makes explicit the presuppositions of a state of “scholasticism,” a certain leisure liberated from the urgencies of the world. Philosophers, unwilling to engage these presuppositions in their practice, have brought them into the order of discourse, not so much to analyze them as to legitimate them. This situation is the primary systematic, epistemological, ethical, and aesthetic error that Bourdieu subjects to methodological critique.

This critique of scholarly reason is carried out in the name of Pascal because he, too, pointed out the features of human existence that the scholastic outlook ignores: he was concerned with symbolic power; he refused the temptation of foundationalist thinking; he attended (without populist naïveté) to “ordinary people”; and he was determined to seek the raison dêtre of seemingly illogical behavior rather than condemning or mocking it.

Through this critique, Bourdieu charts a negative philosophy that calls into question some of our most fundamental presuppositions, such as a “subject” who is free and self-aware. This philosophy, with its intellectual debt to such other “heretical” philosophers as Wittgenstein, Austin, Dewey, and Peirce, renews traditional questioning of the concepts of violence, power, time, history, the universal, and the purpose and direction of existence.

Synopsis:

A brilliant example of Bourdieu's unique ability to link sociological theory, historical information, and philosophical thought.

Synopsis:

Subjects to methodological critique the presuppositions of a state of 'scholasticism', a certain leisure liberated from the urgencies of the world. Bourdieu charts a negative philosophy which renews traditional questioning of concepts of violence, power, time, history, the universal, and the purpose and direction of existence.

Synopsis:

Synthesizing forty years' work by France's leading sociologist, this book exemplifies Bourdieu's unique ability to link sociological theory, historical information, and philosophical thought. It makes explicit the presuppositions of a state of 'scholasticism', a certain leisure liberated from the urgencies of the world. Philosophers have brought these presuppositions into the order of discourse, more to legitimate than analyze them, and this is the primary systematic, epistemological, ethical, and aesthetic error that Bourdieu subjects to methodological critique. Pascalian because he, too, was concerned with symbolic power, he refused the temptation of foundationalist thinking, attended to 'ordinary people', and was determined to seek the reason for seemingly illogical behavior rather than simply condemning it. Bourdieu charts a negative philosophy, whose intellectual debt to such other 'heretical' philosophers as Wittgenstein, Austin, Dewey, and Peirce, renews traditional questioning of concepts of violence, power, time, history, the universal, and the purpose and direction of existence.

Synopsis:

France's leading sociologist critiques philosophers' state of 'scholasticism'.

About the Author

Pierre Bourdieu is Professor of Sociology at the Collège de France and Director of Studies at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. Stanford University Press has published eleven other books by Bourdieu, most recently The Weight of the World: Social Suffering in Contemporary Societies (1999).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780804733311
Translator:
Nice, Richard
Author:
Nice, Richard
Author:
Bourdieu, Pierre
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
Meditations
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Theology - Catholic
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Sociology
Subject:
Christianity - Theology - Catholic
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
Christian Theology - Catholic
Subject:
Sociology -- Philosophy.
Subject:
SELF-HELP / Meditations
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
20000231
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
264
Dimensions:
9.19x6.16x1.00 in. 1.10 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by ,
A brilliant example of Bourdieu's unique ability to link sociological theory, historical information, and philosophical thought.
"Synopsis" by , Subjects to methodological critique the presuppositions of a state of 'scholasticism', a certain leisure liberated from the urgencies of the world. Bourdieu charts a negative philosophy which renews traditional questioning of concepts of violence, power, time, history, the universal, and the purpose and direction of existence.
"Synopsis" by , Synthesizing forty years' work by France's leading sociologist, this book exemplifies Bourdieu's unique ability to link sociological theory, historical information, and philosophical thought. It makes explicit the presuppositions of a state of 'scholasticism', a certain leisure liberated from the urgencies of the world. Philosophers have brought these presuppositions into the order of discourse, more to legitimate than analyze them, and this is the primary systematic, epistemological, ethical, and aesthetic error that Bourdieu subjects to methodological critique. Pascalian because he, too, was concerned with symbolic power, he refused the temptation of foundationalist thinking, attended to 'ordinary people', and was determined to seek the reason for seemingly illogical behavior rather than simply condemning it. Bourdieu charts a negative philosophy, whose intellectual debt to such other 'heretical' philosophers as Wittgenstein, Austin, Dewey, and Peirce, renews traditional questioning of concepts of violence, power, time, history, the universal, and the purpose and direction of existence.
"Synopsis" by , France's leading sociologist critiques philosophers' state of 'scholasticism'.
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