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Portraits

A Gallery of Intellectuals

Portraits( )
Author: Shils, Edward
Editor: Epstein, Joseph
ISBN:978-0-226-75336-2
Publication Date:Jun 1997
Publisher:University of Chicago Press
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:USD $99.00
Book Description:

In these vivid portraits of prominent twentieth-century intellectuals, Edward Shils couples the sensitivity of a biographer with the profound knowledge of a highly respected scholar. Ranging as widely across various disciplines as Shils himself did, the essays gathered here share a distaste for faddists who "run with the intellectual mob" and a deep respect for intellectuals who maintain their integrity under great pressure. Highlights include an affectionate...
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Book Details
Pages:262
Detailed Subjects: Biography & Autobiography / General
History / United States / General
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):5.5 x 8.5 x 1 Inches
Book Weight:0.981 Pounds
Author Biography
Shils, Edward (Author)
Edward Shils, an American sociologist, is a professor at both the University of Chicago and King's College, Cambridge. The editors of a Festschrift prepared in his honor note that he has been a pioneer in clearing up the logical confusion over the concept of ideology and in exploring the role of intellectuals in contemporary life. Shils's work on the institutionalization of sociology as an academic discipline has been fundamental to all discussions of this question. His interest in sociological concepts has been valuable in analyzing political and cultural leadership and societal cohesion. These concepts include his interpretation of "charisma," his own concepts of "center" and "periphery," and his revision of the term "mass society." Shils also introduced into sociology the concept of "scientific community," now central to the sociology of science. He is the founding editor of Minerva, a major journal in the field of higher education and the sociology of knowledge generally. 020



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