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Upplysning och gränsdragning: en filosofisociologisk studie av den första generationen analytiska filosofer i Sverige
Inst. för sociologi och arbetsvetenskap, Göteborgs universitet.
2015 (Swedish)In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, Vol. 52, no 3, 104 p.209-233 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Enlightenment and boundary work: a study of the first-generation Swedish analytical philosophers from a sociology-of-philosophy perspective

The history of Swedish analytical philosophy begins with the writings of Ingemar Hedenius, Anders Wedberg, and Konrad Marc-Wogau, who introduced the country to a new style of thinking that was to become the dominant mode of academic philosophizing in it from the mid-1940s to the late 1960s. The article presents a sociological analysis of how that hegemonic position was claimed and established for it in Swedish philosophy departments. In particular, the critique that Hedenius, Wedberg, and Marc-Wogau levelled in their popular writings against continental philosophy is looked upon in detail. Drawing upon Thomas Gieryn’s theory of boundary work, it is shown how the three strove for epistemic authority by demarcating their own ‘scientific’ enterprise from the ‘unscientific’ philosophy of their competitors. This quest for authority, however, was pursued not solely for its own sake: Hedenius, Wedberg, and Marc-Wogau were also all firmly committed to the ideals of enlightenment and cultural radicalism shaping the Swedish society of their time.

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Falun: Sveriges Sociologförbund , 2015. Vol. 52, no 3, 104 p.209-233 p.
Keyword [en]
boundary work, history of Swedish philosophy, sociology of ideas, sociology of knowledge, sociology of philosophy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-19495OAI: diva2:855311

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