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Patterns of intellectual networks and their inner divisions and conflicts

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The Sociology of Philosophies By Randall Collins
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Randall Collins traces the movement of philosophical thought in ancient Greece, China, Japan, India, the medieval Islamic and Jewish world, medieval Christendom, and modern Europe. What emerges from this history is a social theory of intellectual change, one that avoids both the reduction of ideas to the influences of society at large and the purely contingent local construction of meanings. Instead, Collins focuses on the social locations where sophisticated ideas are formed: the patterns of intellectual networks and their inner divisions and conflicts.
Published by Harvard University Press, 2000 ISBN 0674001877, 9780674001879 1098 pages Write review
Contents
Introduction
1
sociology, Chou Tun-yi, Fichte
Coalitions in the Mind
19
law of small, cultural capital, emotional energy
Networks across the Generations
54
Mencius, Neo-Confucians, Chuang Tzu
Ancient China
137
Taoist, Mohist, Wang Pi
External and Internal Politics of the Intellectual
177
Buddhist, Samkhya, Nyaya
Buddhist and NeoConfucian China
272
Ch'an, Confucian, Hua-yen
Japan
322
Kyoto school, koan, Shinto
Conclusions to Part
379
Asian, monasticism, Hindu
Medieval Christendom
451
madrasas, Islam, hadith
The Inner Autonomy of the University
463
Averroist, Averroes, Henry of Ghent
The Breakup of Theological Philosophy
485
nominalist, Walter Chatton, Oxford Calculators
The Humanists
497
Thomism, nominalist, Baghdad
The Intellectual Demoralization of the Late
521
Descartes, scientific revolution, astronomy
Secularization and Philosophical
570
Deism, Malebranche, Descartes
Boundaries
688
Husserl, phenomenology, Frege
Sequence and Branch in the Social Production
787
Vaisheshika, Numerology, Ito Jinsai
Cosmological Epistemological
800
monotheism, al-Ghazali, cosmology
The Future of Philosophy
856
Appendices
155
Brahman, Upanishads, Sarvastivadins
The Clustering of Contemporaneous Creativity
883
Notes References Index of Persons Index of Subjects

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