Founders, classics, canons : modern disputes over the origins and appraisal of sociology's heritage

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Abstract

In Founders, Classics, Canons, Peter Baehr defends the continuing importance of sociology's classics and traditions in a university education. Baehr offers arguments against interpreting, defending, and attacking sociology's great texts and authors in terms of founders and canons. He demonstrates why, in logical and historical terms, discourses and traditions cannot actually be "founded" and why the term "founder" has little explanatory content. Equally, he takes issue with the notion of "canon" and argues that the analogy between the theological canon and sociological classic texts, though seductive, is mistaken. Although he questions the uses to which the concepts of founder, classic, and canon have been put, Baehr is not dismissive. On the contrary, he seeks to understand the value and meaning these concepts have for the people who employ them in the cultural battle to affirm or attack the liberal university tradition.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherRoutledge
Number of pages290
Edition2nd
ISBN (Print)9781412857055
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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2nd ed. New York : Routledge, 2015. 290 p.

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