Wertfreiheit und die Konstitution der Soziologie in Deutschland

Rammstedt, Otthein
August 1988
Zeitschrift für Soziologie;aug1988, Vol. 17 Issue 4, p264
Academic Journal
The article probes into the question why in 1909 the sociologists who founded the German Society for Sociology agreed so rapidly and without dispute on value freedom as a demonstrative point of their programme of principles. The answer is supplied by the fact that the phenomenon apostrophised by them as a principle had been familiar to them since the nineties of the 19th century, and had already become a matter of course. On the one hand, the phenomenon was a result of the political pressure exercised on them during and after the so-called "Stumm era", whereas on the other hand - much deeper and more consequential - it was due to the onset of doubt as regards the feasibility of progress that would resolve the tie-up between positivism and socialism that had existed so far. Hence, the principle of freedom of value can be explained as the result of the generation-specific and shared experience of the founder members of the German Society for Sociology (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Soziologie).


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