The Present and the Future of Sociology of Knowledge

  • Florian Znaniecki


Sociology of knowledge, from its very beginning, has been a controversial discipline1. The controversies in which it is involved are partly due to divergent conceptions of the function of sociology as a science, partly to conflicting epistemological theories of knowledge.


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  1. 1.
    Cf. Ernst Grunwald, Das Problem der Soziologie des Wissens Wien-Leipzig, W. Braumueller, 1934;Google Scholar
  2. 1a.
    H. Otto Dahlke, „The Sociology of Knowledge“, in H. E. Barnes, Howard Becker, and F. B. Becker, eds., Contemporary Social Theory New York, Appleton-Century, 1940;Google Scholar
  3. 1b.
    Robert K. Merton „The Sociology of Knowledge“ in Georges Gurvitch and Wilbert E. Moore, eds., Twentieth Century Sociology N. Y., Philosophical Library, 1945.Google Scholar
  4. 2.
    Cf. F. Znaniecki, The Social Role of the Man of Knowledge N. Y., 1940.Google Scholar
  5. 3.
    We omit here the vast diversity of pragmatic knowledge enabling artists, musicians, men of letters to produce or reproduce aesthetic works, although even in these realms of culture changes are more numerous and rapid now than they used to be in the past, and this also can be sociologically explained.Google Scholar

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