The Positivist Dispute in German Sociology

THEODOR W. ADORNO

HANS ALBERT

RALF DAHRENDORF

JÜRGEN HABERMAS

HARALD PILOT

KARL R. POPPER

Translated by Glyn Adey
and David Frisby

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This work was first published in German under the title
Der Positivismusstreit in der Deutschen Soziologie
©1969 by Herman Luchter and Verlag. It was first published in
English in Great Britain in 1976 by Heinemann Educational
Books Ltd. It is here reprinted by arrangement with
Heinemann Educational Books.

THE POSITIVIST DISPUTE IN GERMAN SOCIOLOGY. English translation
copyright © 1976 by Heinemann Educational Books.

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CONTENTS

Index of Sources   vii
Introduction to the English Translation       ix
Theodor W. Adorno Introduction 1
Theodor W. Adorno Sociology and Empirical Research 68
Karl R. Popper The Logic of the Social Sciences 87
Theodor W. Adorno On the Logic of the Social Sciences 105
Ralf Dahrendorf  Remarks on the Discussion 123
Jürgen Habermas The Analytical Theory of Science and Dialectics 131
Hans Albert  The Myth of Total Reason 163
Jürgen Habermas A Positivistically Bisected Rationalism 199
Hans Albert  Behind Positivism's Back?  226
Harald Pilot Jürgen Habermas' Empirically Falsifiable Philosophy of History 258
Hans Albert  A Short Surprised Postscript to a Long Introduction  283
Karl R. Popper Reason or Revolution?  288
Selected Bibliography   301
     

INDEX OF SOURCES

Theodor W. Adorno 

Introduction. Original: 'Einleitung', in
Der Positivismusstreit in der deutschen
Soziologie, Neuwied/Berlin, 1969.

   
Theodor W. Adorno

Sociology and Empirical Research.
Original: 'Soziologie und empirische
Forschung', in K. Ziegler (ed.), Wesen
und Wirklichkeit des Menschen, Festschrift
für Helmut Plessner, Göttingen, 1957

   
Karl R. Popper

The Logic of the Social Sciences.
Original: 'Die Logik der
Sozialwissenschaften. Referat bei der Tübinger
Arbeitstagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für
Soziologie, Oktober 1961', in
Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und
Sozialpsychologie
, vol. 14, 1962. (English
translation revised by the author.)

   
 Theodor W. Adorno

On the Logic of the Social Sciences.
Original: 'Zur Logik der Sozialwissenschaften.
Korreferat zu Popper, Oktober
1961', in Kölner Zeitschriften für Soziologie
und Sozialpsychologie, vol. 14, 1962.

   
Ralf Dahrendorf

Remarks on the Discussion. Original:
'Anmerkungen zur Diskussion', in Kölner
Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie,
vol. 14, 1962.

   
Jürgen Habermas The Analytical Theory of Science and
Dialectics. Original: 'Analytische Wissenschaftstheorie und Dialektik. Ein
Nachtrag zur Kontroverse zwischen
Popper und Adorno', in M. Horkheimer
(ed.), Zeugnisse. Theodor W. Adorno zum
sechzigsten Geburtstag, Frankfurt, 1963.
   
[vii/viii]  
   
Hans Albert The Myth of Total Reason. Original:
'Der Mythos der totalen Vernunft.
Dialektische Ansprüche im Lichte
undialektischer Kritik', in Kölner Zeitschrift
für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie, vol. 16,
1964.
   
Jürgen Habermas A Positivistically Bisected Rationalism.
Original: 'Gegen einen positivistisch
Halbierten Rationalismus. Erwiderung
eines Pamphlets', in Kölner Zeitschrift für
Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie, vol. 16,
1964.
   
Hans Albert Behind Positivism's Back? Original: 'Im
Rücken des Positivismus. Dialektische
Umwege in kritischer Beleuchtung', in
Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie, vol. 17, 1965.
   
Harald Pilot Jürgen Habermas' Empirically Falsifiable
Philosophy of History. Original: 'Jürgen
Habermas' empirisch falsifizierbare
Geschichtsphilosophie', in Kölner Zeitschrift
für Sozialpsychologie
, vol. 20, 1968.
   
Hans Albert A Short Surprised Postscript to a Long
Introduction. Original: 'Kleines
verwundertes Nachwort zu einer grossen
Einleitung', in Der Positivismusstreit in
der deutschen Soziologie, Neuwied/Berlin,
1969.
   
Karl R. Popper Reason or Revolution? Original in
Archives européennes de sociologie, vol. 11,
1970. (This version revised by the
author.)
   

SOURCE: Adorno, Theodor W.; et al. The Positivist Dispute in German Sociology, translated by Glyn Adey and David Frisby. London: Heinemann, 1976.


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