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I read some classics in sociological theory, trying to release them from the dusty shelves.

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Exploring Sociological Theory Alec McGail

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    • 3.8 • 4 Ratings

I read some classics in sociological theory, trying to release them from the dusty shelves.

For more, see my YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/c/AlecMcGail/
If you want to see me live, follow me @ https://www.twitch.tv/bergeront

I recommend listening at 1.5x speed Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/alec-mcgail/support

    (Tarde) Laws of Sociology

    (Tarde) Laws of Sociology

    This is epic. Love his trichotomy, and the discussion he concludes with. I.e. the emergence of the seemingly infinite from the infinitesimal, across all the natural and social sciences. Sounds like a call to the study of the heterogeneous and differentiated, outside the coordinated reduction of similarities (science).


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    • 20 min
    (Simmel) Fashion

    (Simmel) Fashion

    at times thought-provoking, contradictory, and offensive

    wish I could've read the rest of the article, but was getting tired of it o.o 


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    • 29 min
    (Bhaskar) Emergent Properties of Social Systems

    (Bhaskar) Emergent Properties of Social Systems

    His sentences are long, his words true. Seems I need to read more Roy Bhaskar.


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    • 25 min
    (Comte) The three stages of knowing

    (Comte) The three stages of knowing

    Printed in 1842, Comte's universal law of mental development, and why it provides such a strong impetus for his new idea, "sociology" (translated as social physics in this reading).


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    • 29 min
    (Giddens) The Adequacy of Explanatory Accounts

    (Giddens) The Adequacy of Explanatory Accounts

    From New Rules of Sociological Method, this section addresses the connection between art and the social sciences, in that they both attempt cross-cultural communication for self-expansion.


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    • 18 min
    (Luhmann) Implications of Systems Theory for Epistemology

    (Luhmann) Implications of Systems Theory for Epistemology

    Can you predict this will lead to sociology in particular? I didn't...

    Super dense, packed with insight, and justifies sociology of sociology (my focus).


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    • 29 min

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里瞅瞅 ,

The host is very funny

The host is quite good at entertaining himself while he’s reading all these tedious stuff. Somehow this cheerful spirit kinda brightens my day. Haha.

LMcCaughey ,

Too fast

The host reads so fast you might as well not listen. All words blend together. Not worth listening.