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The sociology of intellectual life : the career of the mind in and around the academy / Steve Fuller.


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Fuller, Steve, 1959-
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1st ed. - Los Angeles : SAGE, 2009.
  • Book
  • vi, 178 p. ; 25 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. [167]-174) and index.
  • Introduction I. THE PLACE OF INTELLECTUAL LIFE: THE UNIVERSITY 1. The University as an Institutional Solution to the Problem of Knowledge 2. The Alienability of Knowledge in our so-called Knowledge Society 3. The Knowledge Society as Capitalism of the Third Order 4. Will the University Survive the Era of Knowledge Management? 5. Postmodernism as an Anti-University Movement 6. Regaining the University's Critical Edge by Historicizing the Curriculum 7. Affirmative Action as a Strategy for Redressing the Balance between Research and Teaching 8. Academics Rediscover their Soul: The Rebirth of 'Academic Freedom' II. THE STUFF OF INTELLECTUAL LIFE: PHILOSOPHY 1. Epistemology as 'always already' Social Epistemology 2. From Social Epistemology to the Sociology of Philosophy 3. Is the Sociology of Philosophy Merely the Codification of Professional Prejudices? 4. Interlude: Seeds of an Alternative Sociology of Philosophy 5. Prolegomena to a Critical Sociology of 20th century Anglophone Philosophy 6. Analytic Philosophy's Ambivalence toward the Empirical Sciences 7. Professionalism as Differentiating American and British Philosophy 8. Conclusion: Anglophone Philosophy as a Victim of Its Own Success III. THE PEOPLE OF INTELLECTUAL LIFE: INTELLECTUALS 1. Can Intellectuals Survive If the Academy Is a No Fool Zone? 2. How Intellectuals Became an Endangered Species in Our Times: The Trail of Psychologism 3. A Genealogy of Anti-intellectualism: From Invisible Hand to Social Contagion 4. Re-defining the Intellectual as Agent of Distributive Justice 5. The Critique of Intellectuals in a Time of Pragmatist Captivity 6. Pierre Bourdieu: A Successful Case of an Academic Sociologist Becoming a Public Intellectual EPILOGUE: THE IMPROVISATIONAL NATURE OF INTELLECTUAL LIFE 1. Academics Caught Between Plagiarism and Bullshit 2. Bullshit: A Disease Whose Cures Are Always Worse 3. The Scientific Method as a Search for the (Piled) Higher (and Deeper) Bullshit 4. Conclusion: How to Improvise on the World-historic Stage.
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Publisher's Summary:
Listen to Steve Fuller talk about his latest book in this series of podcasts recorded during Warwick University's Festival of Social Science. "The Sociology of Intellectual Life" outlines a social theory of knowledge for the 21st century. With characteristic subtlety and verve, Steve Fuller deals directly with a world in which it is no longer taken for granted that universities and academics are the best places and people to embody the life of the mind. While Fuller defends academic privilege, he takes very seriously the historic divergences between academics and intellectuals, attending especially to the different features of knowledge production that they value. The book's features include: an account of the problematic relationship between postmodernism and the university as an institution; the problems facing an academic who wishes also to function as an intellectual; a critical survey of the emerging fields of social epistemology and the sociology of philosophy; and, a discussion of the ethics and politics of public intellectual life, especially given its largely improvisational (or as Fuller himself terms it, 'bullshit') character.
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