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Searching for the light : essays on thought and culture, Norman Birnbaum

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Searching for the light : essays on thought and culture
Title
Searching for the light
Title remainder
essays on thought and culture
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Norman Birnbaum
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Collected here for the first time are a number of important essays that Birnbaum has written over the last twenty years, ranging from such compelling topics as sociology to post-Marxism to education. Two questions inspire these essays. If thinkers are prisoners of their political contexts, how can thought apprehend historical movement? Can moral imagination alter social constraints? Birnbaum sees sociology as historical and philosophical commentary, shaped by politics. In close and subtle examinations of the Marxist legacy, he makes innovative analytical moves and turns Marxism upon itself. His investigation includes an essay on the Marxist theory of religion proving that it is a major contribution to the debate on society and spirituality. An inquiry into the antithesis of Marxism and psychoanalysis asks if any project of human self-transformation is still plausible. In an essay dated 1984, he anticipates the collapse of the Communist regimes and new conflicts in the West. In a stringent article written after the sixties, but which speaks to the nineties, he considers the technocratic servitude of the liberal university. Finally, he describes the contradictory advice offered to President Mitterand when he convened the world's intellectual vanguard in Paris in 1983. Birnbaum concludes, half in melancholy and half in hope, that intellectual inquiry's critical tasks are unending
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DLC
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Birnbaum, Norman
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Sociology
  • Marxian school of sociology
  • Education, Higher
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Searching for the light : essays on thought and culture, Norman Birnbaum
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Beyond Marx in the sociology of religion? (1973)
  • Critical theory and psychohistory (1974)
  • Are we entering a post-Marxist age? : Marx after Marxism (1984)
  • III.
  • Thought in its setting:
  • Students, professors and philosopher kings (1973)
  • What really happened at the Sorbonne (1983)
  • I.
  • Sociology and its fate:
  • Circus at Varna (1971)
  • Sociology : discontent present and perennial (1971)
  • An end to sociology? (1975)
  • The Annales school and social theory (1978)
  • II.
  • Marxism and after:
Control code
26634060
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 252 pages
Isbn
9780195068894
Lccn
92033018
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)210260
Label
Searching for the light : essays on thought and culture, Norman Birnbaum
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Beyond Marx in the sociology of religion? (1973)
  • Critical theory and psychohistory (1974)
  • Are we entering a post-Marxist age? : Marx after Marxism (1984)
  • III.
  • Thought in its setting:
  • Students, professors and philosopher kings (1973)
  • What really happened at the Sorbonne (1983)
  • I.
  • Sociology and its fate:
  • Circus at Varna (1971)
  • Sociology : discontent present and perennial (1971)
  • An end to sociology? (1975)
  • The Annales school and social theory (1978)
  • II.
  • Marxism and after:
Control code
26634060
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 252 pages
Isbn
9780195068894
Lccn
92033018
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)210260

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