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Value orientation and the secularization of post-Enlightenment social science
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies.
2012 (English)In: History of the Human Sciences, ISSN 0952-6951, E-ISSN 1461-720X, Vol. 25, no 3, 3-31 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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A full representation of all events in society is not possible. The Weber-Rickert solution to the establishing of transparent concept formation requires both theoretical and practical value relevance, that is, our fashions of today shape our selections from the past which, though, also have to be valid for the period studied. MaxWeber's tools for theselection of relevant information without risking uncontrolled value intrusion are influenced by Rickert's historical relativism, which, however, is not free from lingering 'objectivism', transcendental metaphysics in the form of normatively generally valid values, while Weber only claims general empirical validity for values serving as tools for abstraction in a processof double historicity. Today's historical conceptualizations are not immune to conjectures and fashions; there is no permanence or resistance to the 'teeth of time'. Weber manifeststhe post-Enlightenment predicament of anxiety and necessity of choice, which Rickert tries to escape by an 'Indian rope-trick' or Icarian flight. Weber's solution anticipates Gunnar Myrdal's explicit value premises anchored in significant social movements; a more radical anti-metaphysics. Weber's 'sociology' grew out of history and its contemporary problems. His way of dealing with the value-incommensurability problem makes him part also of a long trend of secularization.

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London: Routledge , 2012. Vol. 25, no 3, 3-31 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-134308DOI: 10.1177/0952695112436904ISI: 000306144100001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-134308DiVA: diva2:372161
Available from: 2010-11-24 Created: 2010-11-24 Last updated: 2013-03-05Bibliographically approved

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