Chaos of Disciplines
By (author) Andrew Abbott
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Chaos of Disciplines by Andrew Abbott
Book DescriptionIn this new study, Andrew Abbott presents a fresh and daring analysis of the evolution and development of the social sciences. "Chaos of Disciplines" reconsiders how knowledge actually changes and advances. Challenging the accepted belief that social sciences are in a perpetual state of progress, Abbott contends that disciplines instead cycle around an inevitable pattern of core principles. New schools of thought, then, are less a reaction to an established order than they are a reinvention of fundamental concepts. "Chaos of Disciplines" uses fractals to explain the patterns of disciplines, and then applies them to key debates that surround the social sciences. Abbott argues that knowledge in different disciplines is organized by common oppositions that function at any level of theoretical or methodological scale. Opposing perspectives of thought and method, then, in fields ranging from history, sociology and literature, become radically similar, much like fractals, they are each mutual reflections of their own distinctions.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780226001012
(229mm x 155mm x 15mm)
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 5-Feb-2001
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - Andrew Abbott
Andrew Abbott is the Ralph Lewis Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago. He is author of "Department and Discipline" and "The System of Professions."
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