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Founders, Classics, Canons
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Acknowledgements 1. Introduction 2. Founders of Discourse Introduction Founders: Discursive and Institutional; Deliberative and Appropriated Founders Foucault's Founders Wolin and "Epic Theory" Constitutions, Discourses, Founders Conclusion 3. Founders of Institutions Introduction The Social Context of Innovation Creativity, Reputation and Intellectual Networks The Shadow Group Revisited Institutional and Deliberative Founding: Durkheim and the Annee sociologique The Founder Idea: A Conjectural Genealogy Conclusion 4. The Utility, Rhetoric and Interpretation of Classic Texts Introduction A Definition of Classic Texts Classics in Common? The Uses of Classical Theory and The Discipline of Sociology Rhetoric in the Classical Tradition Understanding Classic Texts Presentism The Historicist Critique and Alternative Objections to Historicism Conclusion 5. Classicality: Criteria and Reception Introduction The Stratification of Classic Texts "Criteria" of Classicality? Classics and Their "Reception" Classic Reception, Classic Formation The Classics, Gender and Sexuality Excursus on Classic Appraisal in Sociology and The Arts Conclusion 6. Canons Introduction "Canon" in Current Social Theory: Usages and Appraisals Conflicting Terminologies The Christian Canon and the Classics of Sociology Significance of the Canon Debate: The Controversy Over Higher Education and the Purpose of the University The University and the Jargon of "Relevance" Conclusion 7. A Concluding Look at the Three Concepts 183 Appendix on Translation and Reception: The "Iron Cage" and the "Shell of Steel." Parsons, Weber and the stahlhartes Gehause metaphor in The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. Bibliography Index

About the Author

Peter Baehr is professor and head of the department of sociology and social policy at Lingnan University, Hong Kong as well as a fellow of the Center for Asian Pacific Studies. His books include Hannah Arendt, Totalitarianism, and the Social Sciences: Critical Encounters; Founders, Classics, Canons: Modern Disputes on the Origins and Appraisal of Sociology's Heritage; and Caesar and the Fading of the Roman World.

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-In this stunning work of disambiguation, Peter Baehr attains some remarkable clarities on the nature of classics (founders, canons) in social theory. It stands to reduce a good deal of pointless noise about these foundational questions.- --Donald N. Levine, Peter B. Ritzma Professor of Sociology, University of Chicago "In this stunning work of disambiguation, Peter Baehr attains some remarkable clarities on the nature of classics (founders, canons) in social theory. It stands to reduce a good deal of pointless noise about these foundational questions." --Donald N. Levine, Peter B. Ritzma Professor of Sociology, University of Chicago "In this stunning work of disambiguation, Peter Baehr attains some remarkable clarities on the nature of classics (founders, canons) in social theory. It stands to reduce a good deal of pointless noise about these foundational questions." --Donald N. Levine, Peter B. Ritzma Professor of Sociology, University of Chicago

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