The Sociology of Intellectual Life: The Career of the Mind in and Around Academy (Published in Association with Theory, Culture & Society)
By: Steve Fuller (author)Hardback
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Listen to Steve Fuller talk about his latest book in this series of podcasts recorded during Warwick University's Festival of Social Science. "The Sociology of Intellectual Life" outlines a social theory of knowledge for the 21st century. With characteristic subtlety and verve, Steve Fuller deals directly with a world in which it is no longer taken for granted that universities and academics are the best places and people to embody the life of the mind. While Fuller defends academic privilege, he takes very seriously the historic divergences between academics and intellectuals, attending especially to the different features of knowledge production that they value. The book's features include: an account of the problematic relationship between postmodernism and the university as an institution; the problems facing an academic who wishes also to function as an intellectual; a critical survey of the emerging fields of social epistemology and the sociology of philosophy; and, a discussion of the ethics and politics of public intellectual life, especially given its largely improvisational (or as Fuller himself terms it, 'bullshit') character.
Steve Fuller is a Professor of Sociology at Warwick University. Other titles of his include The New Sociological Imagination (SAGE, 2006), and popular The Intellectual (Icon Books, 2006).
Introduction PART ONE: THE PLACE OF INTELLECTUAL LIFE: THE UNIVERSITY The University as an Institutional Solution to the Problem of Knowledge The Alienability of Knowledge in our So-called Knowledge Society The Knowledge Society as Capitalism of the Third Order Will the University Survive the Era of Knowledge Management? Postmodernism as an Anti-university Movement Regaining the University's Critical Edge by Historicizing the Curriculum Affirmative Action as a Strategy for Redressing the Balance between Research and Teaching Academics Rediscover Their Soul: The Rebirth of 'Academic Freedom' PART TWO: THE STUFF OF INTELLECTUAL LIFE: PHILOSOPHY Epistemology as 'Always Already' Social Epistemology From Social Epistemology to the Sociology of Philosophy The Codification of Professional Prejudices? Interlude: Seeds of an Alternative Sociology of Philosophy Prolegomena to a Critical Sociology of Twentieth-century Anglophone Philosophy Analytic Philosophy's Ambivalence Toward the Empirical Sciences Professionalism as Differentiating American and British Philosophy Conclusion: Anglophone Philosophy as a Victim of Its Own Success PART THREE: THE PEOPLE OF INTELLECTUAL LIFE: INTELLECTUALS Can Intellectuals Survive If the Academy Is a No-fool Zone? How Intellectuals Became an Endangered Species in Our Times: The Trail of Psychologism A Genealogy of Anti-intellectualism: From Invisible Hand to Social Contagion Re-defining the Intellectual as an Agent of Distributive Justice The Critique of Intellectuals in a Time of Pragmatist Captivity Pierre Bourdieu: The Academic Sociologist as Public Intellectual PART FOUR: THE IMPROVISATIONAL NATURE OF INTELLECTUAL LIFE Academics Caught Between Plagiarism and Bullshit Bullshit: A Disease Whose Cure Is Always Worse The Scientific Method as a Search for the (Piled) Higher (and Deeper) Bullshit Conclusion: How to Improvise on the World-historic Stage
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