David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Inquiry 31 (4):471 – 494 (1988)
Since the beginning of the ?eighties of the present century, a circle of relatively young American sociologists who are followers of Jeffrey Alexander are making energetic and spectacular efforts to supply sociology with a uniform and comprehensive theoretical framework by continuing Talcott Parsons' lifework. The present article is an appreciation of Alexander's achievements in the justification of a general sociological theory (especially a theory of action and social order) while pointing to objections that can be raised against the character of his theory. A scrutiny of Alexander's metatheoretical deliberations and of his interpretations of sociological classics such as Marx, Durkheim, Weber, and Parsons reveals that Alexander's metatheoretical frame is not flexible enough to actually reconstruct the problem situation of the classics. Pointers are given toward a theory of action that is not subject to the antinomy of utilitarianism and normativism, so that it is more adequate and appropriate to the heritage of the sociological classics, both from a theoretical and an interpretative angle
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
Jeffrey C. Alexander (1982). Theoretical Logic in Sociology. Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
Emile Durkheim & John B. Allcock (1983). Pragmatism and Sociology. Monograph Collection (Matt - Pseudo).
R. N. Berki (1979). On the Nature and Origins of Marx's Concept of Labor. Political Theory 7 (1):35-56.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Jeffrey C. Alexander (1987). The Social Requisites for Altruism and Voluntarism: Some Notes on What Makes a Sector Independent. Sociological Theory 5 (2):165-171.
Jeffrey C. Alexander & Paul Colomy (1985). Toward Neo-Functionalism. Sociological Theory 3 (2):11-23.
Colin Loader & Jeffrey C. Alexander (1985). Max Weber on Churches and Sects in North America: An Alternative Path Toward Rationalization. Sociological Theory 3 (1):1-6.
Jeffrey C. Alexander (1991). Sociological Theory and the Claim to Reason: Why the End is Not in Sight. Sociological Theory 9 (2):147-153.
Jeffrey C. Alexander & Giuseppe Sciortino (1996). On Choosing One's Intellectual Predecessors: The Reductionism of Camic's Treatment of Parsons and the Institutionalists. Sociological Theory 14 (2):154-171.
S. P. Turner (1985). Book Reviews : Theoretical Logic in Sociology, Volume 2: The Antinomies of Classical Thought: Marx and Durkheim. BY JEFFREY C. ALEXANDER. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1983. Pp. 564. $39.50. [REVIEW] Philosophy of the Social Sciences 15 (2):211-216.
Jeffrey C. Alexander (1984). The Parsons Revival in German Sociology. Sociological Theory 2:394-412.
Jeffrey C. Alexander (1988). Parsons' "Structure" in American Sociology. Sociological Theory 6 (1):96-102.
Jeffrey C. Alexander (ed.) (1998). Neofunctionalism and After. Blackwell Publishers.
Karol Soltan (1985). Book Review:Theoretical Logic in Sociology. Vol. 1: Positivism, Presuppositions, and Current Controversies. Jeffrey Alexander; Theoretical Logic in Sociology. Vol. 2: The Antinomies of Classical Thought: Marx and Durkheim. Jeffrey Alexander ; Theoretical Logic in Sociology. Vol. 3: The Classical Attempt at Theoretical Synthesis: Max Weber. Jeffrey Alexander; Theoretical Logic in Sociology. Vol. 4: The Modern Reconstruction of Classical Thought: Talcott Parsons. Jeffrey Alexander. [REVIEW] Ethics 95 (4):951-.
Added to index2009-03-05
Total downloads24 ( #136,666 of 1,777,149 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #289,892 of 1,777,149 )
How can I increase my downloads?