Towards an Artistic Sociology

Bogard, William
August 1986
Humanity & Society;Aug86, Vol. 10 Issue 3, p319
Academic Journal
The article discusses the relevance of studying sociology in an artistic texture. Applying an artistic paradigm to special theorizing means becoming reflectively aware of the possibilities for sociological knowledge to enter practical consciousness. It is maintained that for sociological theory, inherent difficulties arise in its pursuit of a disinterested and non-contextual knowledge. These difficulties suggest that sociology has never been, and can never be a truly scientific enterprise in an ideal sense. The understanding of society is logically different from the understanding of nature and science, and that the notion of a human society involves a scheme of concepts which is logically incompatible with the kinds of explanation offered in the natural sciences. The article cites and examines many such examples to enumerate that sociology is inherently an art. And an explicitly artistic sociology implies that the goal of a unitary, comprehensive social theory must be re-thought in this context.


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