"The Uncertainties of Knowledge" extends Immanuel Wallerstein's decade-long work of elucidating the crisis of knowledge in current intellectual thought. He argues that the disciplinary divisions of academia have trapped us in a paradigm that assumes knowledge is a certainty and that it can help us explain the social world. This is wrong, he suggests. Instead, Wallerstein offers a new conception of the social sciences, one whose methodology allows for uncertainties. Immanuel Wallerstein is Director of the Fernand Braudel Center, Binghamton University, and Senior Research Scholar at Yale University.
Introduction: The Uncertainties of Time Part I. The Structures of Knowledge 1. For Science, Against Scientism: The Dilemmas of Contemporary Knowledge Production 2. Social Sciences in the Twenty-first Century 3. The End of Certainties in the Social Sciences 4. Braudel and Interscience: A Preacher to Empty Pews? 5. Time and Duration: The Unexcluded Middle, or Reflections on Braudel and Prigogine 6. The Itinerary of World-Systems Analysis, or How to Resist Becoming a Theory Part II. Dilemmas of the Disciplines 7. History in Search of Science 8. Writing History 9. Global Culture(s): Salvation, Menace, or Myth? 10. From Sociology to Historical Social Science: Prospects and Obstacles 11. Anthropology, Sociology, and Other Dubious Disciplines Acknowledgments Notes References Index