Epistemology of Social Sciences

LSOC2100  2018-2019  Louvain-la-Neuve

Epistemology of Social Sciences
5.0 credits
30.0 h
1q

Teacher(s)
De Munck Jean ;
Language
Français
Main themes
The course will be focused on current issues in epistemology of social sciences (sociology and anthropology). 1 post-parsonian sociological theory. Landmarks of contemporary debates in epistemology, in the French-speaking world as well as German and Anglo-Saxon contexts. Mapping of the discussions ; comments on contradictions, differences etc. 2. Main epistemological issues, in a traditional and a contemporary light. A dialogue is established between classical writings and contemporary texts. One of the aims is to show the continuities/discontinuities between historical and current frames of epistemological issues. 3. Reading of relevant litterature.
Content

This specialized course of epistemology will try to open the way of a critical sociological theory. The following topics will be dealt with:

(1) the Marxist pattern of a critical theory and the reformulation of Horkheimer in 1937 (traditional versus critical theory);

(2) the constructivist approach of Bruno Latour (Actor-Network Theory);

(3) the pragmatic sociology of Luc Boltanski;

(4) post-structuralism and post-colonialism;

(5) the “ecology of knowledge” (Boaventura de Sousa Santos);

(6) The Capability Approach of Amartya Sen;

(7) Jürgen Habermas’ communicative action theory.

Bibliography
  • Notes de cours on-line (site Moodle)
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Master [120] in Sociology
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