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Unreasonable Men by Victor J. Seidler

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Chapter 7

Modernity

MODERNITY AND REASON

Social theory has largely been organised around the issue of whether objective knowlege of society is possible. Different traditions of thought and feeling conceive of this issue in different terms. Set within the framework of modernity it is presented as an issue of whether our knowledge of society can be compared in its objectivity with our knowledge of the natural world. A hermeneutic tradition has stressed the meaningful character of social life, which means that a method of cultural interpretation is appropriate to the historical and cultural sciences. I want to approach some of these issues in a different way since I think that once we grasp the failure of particular forms of social theory to validate ...

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