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Behemoth : main currents in the history and theory of political sociology / Irving Louis Horowitz
Bib ID 1398307
Format BookBook
Author
Horowitz, Irving Louis
 
Description New Brunswick, N.J. : Transaction Publishers, c1999 
xiv, 474 p. ; 24 cm. 
ISBN 156000410X (alkaline paper) (cloth)
0765806274 (alkaline paper) (paperback)
Summary

Continuing in a path worked on by Horowitz in the 1950s in The Idea of War and Peace in Contemporary Social and Philosophical Thought, expanded upon in the 1970s with Foundations of Political Sociology, this summing up in the late 1990s is an effort to extract and evolve the "canon" of political sociology. The result is a reevaluation of the intellectual sources of the present day divisions between Statists and Socialists, Welfarists and Individualists, advocates of dictatorship and democracy, mandated rules and voluntary association, hard realists and soft utopians, advocates of a world without States and those desiring a world with a single State. Horowitz does not offer the usual evolutionary notion of doctrines, but a canon embedded within the societies they aimed to serve or overthrow in the present as in the past. The result is a major recasting of the theory and practice of social science and its normative frameworks.

Full contents
  • 1. Between Anarch and Behemoth: The Spirit of Montesquieu
  • 2. Secularizing Society: Helvetius, Rousseau, and Comte
  • 3. Romancing the Organic State: Hegel
  • 4. The Liberal Compromise with State Power: Alexis de Tocqueville
  • 5. Utopianism as Scientific Sociology: Marx
  • 6. Social Order without State Power: Durkheim
  • 7. State Power without Social Order: Sorel
  • 8. Legitimizing the Bureaucratic State: Weber I
  • 9. Defining the Boundaries of Law and Order: Weber II
  • 10. The Unhappy Alliance of Democracy and Dictatorship: Horkheimer, Benjamin, and Neumann
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Subjects Political sociology -- History.

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