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    Theological History and the Legitimacy of the Modern Social Sciences: Considerations on the Work of Hans Blumenberg.Austin Harrington - 2008 - Thesis Eleven 94 (1):6-28.
    This article explores the much neglected work of the German philosopher and cultural theorist Hans Blumenberg, a figure still relatively little known in the Anglophone world. The thesis is defended that Blumenberg's conception of The Legitimacy of the Modern Age (1966) offers valuable resources for addressing some important questions about the philosophical self-understanding of the modern social sciences in relation to theological and religious sources of thought and language. The article begins with an assessment of the contemporary relevance of Blumenberg's (...)
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    Habermas's Theological Turn?Austin Harrington - 2007 - Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 37 (1):45–61.
    Since the turn of the millennium Jürgen Habermas's contributions to social and political theory have been increasingly turning toward matters of religious and theological relevance. This article weighs up the import and coherence of Habermas's recent reflections on religious belief and its relationship to reason and modernity in Western philosophical culture. At the forefront of the analysis stands Habermas's conception of appropriate “limits” and “boundaries” between the domains of knowledge and faith and the possibility and desirability of a process of (...)
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    Habermas and the `Post-Secular Society'.Austin Harrington - 2007 - European Journal of Social Theory 10 (4):543-560.
    The article appraises Habermas's recent writings on theology and social theory and their relevance to a new sociology of religion in the `post-secular society'. Beginning with Kant's Religion Within the Limits of Reason Alone, Habermas revisits his earlier thesis of the `linguistification of the sacred', arguing for a `rescuing translation' of the traditional contents of religious language through pursuit of a via media between an overconfident project of modernizing secularization, on the one hand, and a fundamentalism of religious orthodoxies, on (...)
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    Lifeworld.Austin Harrington - 2006 - Theory, Culture and Society 23 (2-3):341-343.
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    Introduction: Weimar Social Theory: The ‘Crisis of Classical Modernity’ Revisited.Austin Harrington & David Roberts - 2012 - Thesis Eleven 111 (1):3-8.
    The collapse of the Weimar Republic remains central to the history of the 20th century and to contemporary debates on 'classical modernity' and its Europe-wide crisis in the wake of the First World War. The present issue of Thesis Eleven focuses on three dimensions of the Weimar crisis: the experience of fundamental societal crisis and closure and its diagnostic power in relation to the rise of fascist movements; the cognitive and normative resources that sought to work against this crisis-ridden sense (...)
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    Weimar Social Theory and the Fragmentation of European World Pictures.Austin Harrington - 2012 - Thesis Eleven 111 (1):66-80.
    Criticism of ‘the West’ and of ‘Western civilization’ in Germany in the early 20th century is generally most familiar today as a conservative force of the age. It is well-known that at the outbreak of war in August 1914 a longstanding German complex of resentment of the Western European powers exploded in a call to arms. Yet it needs to be stressed that not all prominent German bourgeois writers endorsed a wholly militant reading of the motif of German national-cultural ‘protest (...)
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    Some Problems with Gadamer's and Habermas' Dialogical Model of Sociological Understanding.Austin Harrington - 1999 - Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 29 (2):371–384.
    Despite differences between them, Gadamer and Habermas both argue that in order to understand the practices and beliefs of other cultures and periods of history fully and critically, researchers should enter into imaginary ‘dialogue’ with their subjects about the nature of the world. Objectivity of understanding in their view consists not in prior suppression of our contemporary preconceptions and interests but in a process of actively seeking agreement with others over appropriate world-views and normative beliefs. This paper challenges Gadamer's and (...)
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    'Messianicity' in Social Theory? A Critique of a Thesis of Jacques Derrida.Austin Harrington - 2009 - Thesis Eleven 98 (1):52-68.
    Jacques Derrida's vision of 'messianicity' in his book Specters of Marx and the essay 'Faith and Knowledge: The Two Sources of “Religion” at the Limits of Reason Alone' has been widely appreciated by scholars. Yet little fundamentally critical engagement appears to have been made with some important historical-sociological questions raised by Derrida's ideas in these texts. Drawing on earlier reference-points in 20th-century critical theory and sociology, the present article argues for some objections to Derrida's presentation of the significance of religious (...)
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  9. Modern Social Theory: An Introduction.Austin Harrington (ed.) - 2004 - Oxford University Press.
    This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the leading topics, theories and debates in modern social theory. Fourteen chapters have been written by specialists in the field, providing up-to-date guidance on the full sweep of the modern sociological imagination, from the legacies of the classical figures of Marx, Durkheim, Weber, Simmel and Parsons to the work of cutting-edge contemporary theorists.
     
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  10. Objectivism in Hermeneutics? Gadamer, Habermas, Dilthey.Austin Harrington - 2000 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 30 (4):491-507.
    Gadamer and Habermas both argue that some earlier theorists of interpretation in the human sciences, despite recognizing the meaningful character of social reality, still succumb to objectivism because they fail to conceive the relation of interpreters to their subjects in terms of cross-cultural normative “dialogue.” In particular, Gadamer and Habermas claim that the most prominent nineteenth-century philosopher of the human sciences, Wilhelm Dilthey, fell prey to a misleading Cartesian outlook which sought to ground the objectivity of interpretation on complete transcendence (...)
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    Hermann Broch as a Reader of Max Weber: Protestantism, Rationalization and the 'Disintegration of Values'.Austin Harrington - 2006 - History of the Human Sciences 19 (4):1-18.
    The article explores a range of motifs in the writing of the Austrian émigré novelist and essayist Hermann Broch, that point to themes in the sociological thought of Max Weber. Although explicit citations of Weber’s name appear rarely in Broch’s writings, the thematic and stylistic contents of Broch’s first novel of 1930-1 The Sleepwalkers indicate a plethora of ways in which the Austrian author engages with ideas he can only have first assimilated by means of a more or less conscious (...)
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  12. Social Theory and Theology.Austin Harrington - 2006 - In Gerard Delanty (ed.), The Handbook of Contemporary European Social Theory. Routledge. pp. 37.
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    From Hegel to the Sociology of Knowledge: Contested Narratives.Austin Harrington - 2001 - Theory, Culture and Society 18 (6):125-133.
    The article examines Randall Collins's magnum opus, The Sociology of Philosphies: A Global Theory of Intellectual Change in relation to a number of discourses bearing on the sociology of knowledge and the sociology of philosophies, from Hegel and 19th-century historicism to Mannheim, Foucault, Bourdieu and Gillian Rose's Hegel Contra Sociology. The article explicates Collins's dual theory of intellectual networks and institutional conflict as factors in the explanation of intellectual change. The article interprets Collins's work as a classic application of Durkheimian (...)
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  14. Constructing the Past: Review Symposium on Bevir's The Logic of the History of Ideas.Mark Bevir, Mark Erickson, Austin Harrington & Andreas Reckwitz - 2002 - History of the Human Sciences 15 (2):99-133.
  15. A Kind of Fieldwork in Our Ongoing Practices of Enlightenment.Austin Harrington - 2000 - History of the Human Sciences 13 (4):125-130.
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    Alfred Weber's Essay `The Civil Servant' and Kafka's `In the Penal Colony': The Evidence of an Influence.Austin Harrington - 2007 - History of the Human Sciences 20 (3):41-63.
    In 1977 a German literary scholar, Astrid Lange-Kirchheim, published an article announcing an astonishing discovery: credible evidence exists to suggest that Kafka's famous disturbing short story, `In the Penal Colony', published in 1919 but first written in 1914, echoes and reworks, in several of its key images and turns of phrase, elements of an essay published in 1910 in the German literary magazine, Die neue Rundschau, bearing the title `Der Beamte' (`The Civil Servant', or `The Official' or `The Functionary') by (...)
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  17. Book Review: Habermas and Aesthetics: The Limits of Communicative Reason. [REVIEW]Austin Harrington - 2005 - European Journal of Social Theory 8 (3):379-382.
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  18. Classical Social Theory, I: Contexts and Beginnings.Austin Harrington - 2004 - In Modern Social Theory: An Introduction. Oxford University Press.
  19. Conclution: Social Theory for the Twenty-First Century.Austin Harrington - 2004 - In Modern Social Theory: An Introduction. Oxford University Press.
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  20. Dilthey, Empathy and Verstehen A Contemporary Reappraisal.Austin Harrington - 2001 - European Journal of Social Theory 4 (3):311-329.
    Wilhelm Dilthey's late nineteenth-century doctrine of `re-experiencing' the thoughts and feelings of the actors whose lives the social scientist seeks to understand has been criticized by several commentators as entailing a `naïve empathy view of understanding' in which social scientists are said to transport themselves into other cultural contexts in a wholly uncritical, unreflective manner. This article challenges such criticisms by arguing that Dilthey's writings on hermeneutics amount to a highly sophisticated defence of the role of psychological feeling in understanding (...)
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    Divided, Not-United.Austin Harrington - 2003 - Angelaki 8 (1):109 – 118.
  22. Ernst Troeltsch’s Concept of Europe.Austin Harrington - 2004 - European Journal of Social Theory 7 (4):479-498.
    Recent writing in social theory has seen a renewed preoccupation with questions of religion, secularization and civilizational difference. This article reappraises the work of one early twentieth-century thinker in relation to these issues: the German historical theologian and close colleague of Max Weber, Ernst Troeltsch. The article concentrates particularly on Troeltsch’s late writings on Europe and ‘Europeanism’. The thesis is defended that Troeltsch offers an important gloss on Weber’s famous assertion of the ‘universal significance and validity’ of occidental rationalism. Troeltsch (...)
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  23. German Cosmopolitan Social Thought and the Idea of the West: Voices From Weimar.Austin Harrington - 2016 - Cambridge University Press.
    There has been considerable interest in recent years in German social thinkers of the Weimar era. Generally, this has focused on reactionary and nationalist figures such as Schmitt and Heidegger. In this book, Austin Harrington offers a broader account of the German intellectual legacy of the period. He explores the ideas of a circle of left-liberal cosmopolitan thinkers who responded to Germany's crisis by rejecting the popular appeal of nationalism. Instead, they promoted pan-European reconciliation based on notions of a shared (...)
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    Habermas’ Concept of the Lifeworld.Austin Harrington - 1998 - Social Philosophy Today 13:39-53.
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    Habermas' Concept of the Lifeworld.Austin Harrington - 1998 - Social Philosophy Today 13:39-53.
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  26. Introduction to Georg Simmel’s Essay ‘Europe and America in World History’.Austin Harrington - 2005 - European Journal of Social Theory 8 (1):63-72.
    The text comprises a translation of Georg Simmel’s article, ‘Europa und Amerika: eine weltgeschichtliche Betrachtung’, first published in Das Berliner Tagblatt in July 1915, with a short introduction by the translator. The article is the counterpart to Simmel’s better-known essay ‘The Idea of Europe’, first published in March 1915, reprinted in 1917 in lightly revised form in Simmel’s collection of texts on Germany and the First World War, Der Krieg und die geistigen Entscheidungen. In both essays, Simmel develops a vision (...)
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