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Through network diagrams and sustained narrative, sociologist Randall Collins traces the development of philosophical thought from ancient Greece to modern Europe. Collins provides a self-reflexive sociological philosophy of intellectual life that opens a new path beyond relativism and realism. Illustrated.

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Randall Collins traces the movement of philosophical thought in ancient Greece, China, Japan, India, the medieval Islamic and Jewish world, medieval Christendom, and modern Europe. What emerges from this history is a social theory of intellectual change, one that avoids both the reduction of ideas to the influences of society at large and the purely contingent local construction of meanings. Instead, Collins focuses on the social locations where sophisticated ideas are formed: the patterns of intellectual networks and their inner divisions and conflicts.

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1998 Association of American Publishers PSP Award for Excellence, Sociology and Anthropology Category

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1999 Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award, American Sociological Association

About the Author

Randall Collins is Professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania.

Professor of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

INTRODUCTION

THE SKELETON OF THEORY

Coalitions in the Mind

Networks across the Generations

Partitioning Attention Space: The Case of Ancient Greece

COMPARATIVE HISTORY OF INTELLECTUAL COMMUNITIES
PART I: ASIAN PATHS

Innovation by Opposition: Ancient China

External and Internal Politics of the Intellectual World: India

Revolutions of the Organizational Base: Buddhist and Neo-Confucian China

Innovation through Conservatism: Japan

Conclusions to Part I: The Ingredients of Intellectual Life

COMPARATIVE HISTORY OF INTELLECTUAL COMMUNITIES
PART II: WESTERN PATHS

Tensions of Indigenous and Imported Ideas: Islam, Judaism, Christendom

Academic Expansion as a Two-Edged Sword: Medieval Christendom

Cross-Breeding Networks and Rapid-Discovery Science

Secularization and Philosophical Meta-territoriality

Intellectuals Take Control of Their Base: The German UniversityRevolution

The Post-revolutionary Condition: Boundaries as Philosophical Puzzles

Writers, Markets and Academic Networks: The French Connection

META-REFLECTIONS

Sequence and Branch in the Social Production of Ideas

Epilogue: Sociological Realism

Appendix 1: The Clustering of Contemporaneous Creativity

Appendix 2: The Incompleteness of Our Historical Picture

Appendix 3: Keys to Figures

Notes

References

Index of Persons

Index of Subjects

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674001879
Author:
Collins, Randall
Publisher:
Belknap Press
Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
History, Criticism, Surveys
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Philosophers
Subject:
Knowledge, sociology of
Subject:
Comparative civilization.
Subject:
History & Surveys - General
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Philosophy-Surveys
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
FPL 191
Publication Date:
March 2000
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
15 maps, 57 line illustrations, 2 tables
Pages:
1120
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 50 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Randall Collins traces the movement of philosophical thought in ancient Greece, China, Japan, India, the medieval Islamic and Jewish world, medieval Christendom, and modern Europe. What emerges from this history is a social theory of intellectual change, one that avoids both the reduction of ideas to the influences of society at large and the purely contingent local construction of meanings. Instead, Collins focuses on the social locations where sophisticated ideas are formed: the patterns of intellectual networks and their inner divisions and conflicts.
"Synopsis" by , 1998 Association of American Publishers PSP Award for Excellence, Sociology and Anthropology Category
"Synopsis" by , 1999 Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award, American Sociological Association
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