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  • Submitted by: LesegoKgabo12
  • on March 25, 2014
  • Category: Social Issues
  • Length: 4,710 words

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Modernity, Modern Social Theory, and the Postmodern Critique* By Robert Antonio and Douglas Kellner Over a century ago, Nietzsche (1887, 1967: 151) berated the modern scientist's narrow "factualism" and "renunciation of all interpretation," and a few decades later Weber (1919, 1958) declared the age of the generalist to be over. Extreme specialization, self-enclosed disciplinary jargons, and narrowly focused technical work have since transformed these prescient visions into observable realities. Responding to the dominant forms of atheoretical empirical work and ahistorical "general theory" in post-World War II American social thought, C. Wright Mills (1961: 183-4) asked: "Where is the intelligentsia that is carrying on the big discourse of the Western world and whose work as intellectuals is influential among parties and publics and relevant to the great decisions of our time?" In his view, professional social science was guilty of "pretentious triviality" and incapable of grasping the growing threats to freedom and reason. About the same time, Raymond Aron (1970b: vi, 332) argued that classical social theorists shared "a certain solidarity" deriving from their "global historical interpretations of the modern age": a broad vision which has been regrettably lost (Aron, 1969: v-xviii; 1970a: 7-9, 332-3; 1970b: v-ix, 331-2). From this perspective, classical social theory provided comprehensive analyses of the core features, central processes, and imminent threats and possibilities of modernity and in this paper we argue that such broad and wide-ranging discourse is still useful and needed today. In our forthcoming book Theorizing Modernity (Antonio/Kellner 1991), we attempt to map the nature of the discursive field in classical social thought, pointing to shared metatheoretical problematics and substantive concerns, as well as to points of methodological and substantive disagreement. We argue that classical social theory is primarily a theory of modernity and that...

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