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Knowledge: Critical Concepts (5 Volumes) (Critical Concepts in Philosophy) Hardcover – September 20, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0415317368 ISBN-10: 0415317363

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Adolf and Stehr provide a valuable introduction to the way that knowledge is coming to be understood by sociologists– not as a separate domain to be explained by social factors, but as distributed in society, integral to all of social life and essential to its understanding. This is exposition and critique in the best sense: informative, comprehensive, historical, balanced, and, above all, clear. - Stephen Turner, Distinguished University Professor, University of South Florida


Marian Adolf and Nico Stehr have provided the only portable guide to the nature of knowledge from a comprehensive social scientific perspective. Teachers and students will find the book's short chapters and functional organization attractive. By drawing on a wide range of disciplines, yet focused on the idea of knowledge as the capacity for action, the book promises to be a standard reference work in the coming years. - Steve Fuller, Auguste Comte Professor of Social Epistemology, University of Warwick

 Knowledges of many kinds permeate human life. Yet, the remain inscrutable to those who attempt to understand the. Adolf and Stehr come as close as anyone, perhaps as close any one can, to clearly outline the whys and wherefore of knowledge. Knowledge is a marvelous achievement. -Charles Lemert, Senior Fellow, Yale; author of Globalization: the Basics (Paradigm, 2014)

--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Marian Adolf is Associate Professor of Media Culture at the Department of Communication and Cultural Management at Zeppelin University. His research interest revolves around the interface of media change and social change, the societal role of communication and cultural theory. He regularly publishes on topics such as the public sphere, mediatization and media culture and the culture of the economy.

Nico Stehr is Karl Mannheim Professor of Cultural Studies at Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen Germany. He has published widely on the topic of Knowledge and is one of the proponents of Knowledge Society, a term that has acquired widespread currency not only in academia.

--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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