From philosophy to process sociology

Walsh, Máté Gergely: From philosophy to process sociology. In: Belvedere Meridionale, (31) 4. pp. 72-83. (2019)

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This paper traces the early influences that shaped Norbert Elias’s thought during his formative years in Breslau. Norbert Elias, a major figure of twentieth-century European sociology, built a unique research tradition known today as process sociology after rejecting philosophy at the beginning of his career and polemicized with the dominant social scientific schools of his time throughout his long life. This paper, examining Elias’s less known early writings and particularly his doctoral thesis in philosophy disputed by his supervisor, Richard Hönigswald, argues that to better understand, value and utilize Norbert Elias’s unique processual approach to sociology one must better understand the relationship between the neo-Kantian movement, a today neglected, but once a highly influential continental philosophical movement of the second half of the long nineteenth century, and the thinking of Elias’s rebel generation in interwar Germany. This paper also intends to search for a common ground between the philosophical and the sociological traditions.

Item Type: Article
Heading title: Studies
Journal or Publication Title: Belvedere Meridionale
Date: 2019
Volume: 31
Number: 4
ISSN: 2064-5929
Page Range: pp. 72-83
Uncontrolled Keywords: Filozófia, Szociológia
Additional Information: Bibliogr.: 83. p. és a lábjegyzetekben ; összefoglalás angol nyelven
Date Deposited: 2020. Apr. 15. 09:40
Last Modified: 2020. Apr. 15. 09:40

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