Escape 22: The Science of Man after Hitler
I have lingered on guilt, sacrifice, heroism, and immortality because they are the key concepts for the science of man in society that is emerging on our time.
Sociology has largely ignored this kind of analysis because it’s been caught up with it’s own immortality-project, it’s own definition of itself as a structural or constructionist endeavour. History, evolution and process are not welcome in its parlour. In my younger days I thought that if I wrote interesting and relevant material I would be taken seriously. I was a bit naïve. Sociologists could ignore Hitler or Mao as aberrations. Becker mentions two sociologists who bucked the trend, Kenneth Burke and Hugh Dalziel Duncan. I don’t know their work. It was never on the curriculum when I studied at university. Although Burke died it 1995 he was born in 1897 so his work…
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