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 TimePart I. The Structures of Knowledge1. For Science, Against Scientism: The Dilemmas of Contemporary Knowledge Production2. Social Sciences in the Twenty-first Century3. The End of Certainties in the Social Sciences4. Braudel and Interscience: A Preacher to Empty Pews?5. Time and Duration: The Unexcluded Middle, or Reflections on Braudel and Prigogine6. The Itinerary of World-Systems Analysis, or How to Resist Becoming a TheoryPart II. Dilemmas of the Disciplines7. History in Search of Science8. Writing History9. Global Culture(s): Salvation, Menace, or Myth?10. From Sociology to Historical Social Science: Prospects and Obstacles11. Anthropology, Sociology, and Other Dubious DisciplinesAcknowledgmentsNotesReferencesIndex