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Carl-Göran Heidegren

Carl-Göran Heidegren

Professor

Carl-Göran Heidegren

Towards a Sociology of Philosophy

Författare

  • Carl-Göran Heidegren
  • Henrik Lundberg

Summary, in English

The article presents and discusses the sociology of philosophy as a theory-based empirically practised sociological subdivision that came to the fore in the 1980s. In the first part, the type of empirical material and the forms of data presentation that are available to the sociology of philosophy are discussed. In the second part, the focus is on two important attempts, those of Randall Collins and Pierre Bourdieu, to develop general sociological theories about the relationship between social being and thought. The main lesson to be drawn from them is that in normal circumstances philosophical thought cannot be reduced to socio-political conditions outside the attention space (Collins) or the philosophical field (Bourdieu). In the concluding part, we tentatively sketch a programme for a future sociology of philosophy. All in all, the sociology of philosophy is seen as an emerging new subdivision within sociology, the potential of which is far from exhausted with respect to theoretical development as well as empirical approaches.

Avdelning/ar

  • Sociologi

Publiceringsår

2010

Språk

Engelska

Sidor

3-18

Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie

Acta Sociologica

Volym

53

Issue

1

Dokumenttyp

Artikel i tidskrift

Förlag

SAGE Publications

Ämne

  • Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)

Nyckelord

  • sociology of philosophy
  • sociology of knowledge
  • Randall Collins
  • Pierre Bourdieu
  • attention space
  • philosophical field

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Övrigt

  • ISSN: 0001-6993