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by Richard Nice,Pierre Bourdieu


This situation is the primary systematic, epistemological, ethical, and aesthetic error that Bourdieu subjects to methodological critique.

This situation is the primary systematic, epistemological, ethical, and aesthetic error that Bourdieu subjects to methodological critique.

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French sociologist, anthropologist and philosopher. Bourdieu's major contributions to the sociology of education, the theory of sociology, and sociology of aesthetics have achieved wide influence in several related academic fields (. anthropology, media and cultural studies, education), popular culture, and the arts. Bourdieu's best known book is Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgment of Taste (1979).

Pierre Bourdieu, Richard Nice. A synthesis of forty years' work by France's leading sociologist, this book pushes the critique of scholarly reason to a new level.

This new book by Pierre Bourdieu-which has been a bestseller in France-will be essential reading for anyone concerned with questions of gender and sexuality and with the structures that shape our social, political.

This new book by Pierre Bourdieu-which has been a bestseller in France-will be essential reading for anyone concerned with questions of gender and sexuality and with the structures that shape our social, political, and personal lives. Pierre Bourdieu is Professor of Sociology at the Collège de France and Director of Studies at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales.

This situation is the primary systematic, epistemological, ethical, and aesthetic error that Bourdieu subjects to methodological critique

Bourdieu, Pierre, 1930-2002. Uniform Title: Méditations pascaliennes. All rights are reserved by their owners.

Bourdieu, Pierre, 1930-2002. Publication, Distribution, et. Stanford, Calif.

Pierre Bourdieu, Richard Nice - Distinction A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste.

Richard J. Bernstein. Patterns of Dissonance.

A synthesis of forty years' work by France's leading sociologist, this book pushes the critique of scholarly reason to a new level. It is a brilliant example of Bourdieu's unique ability to link sociological theory, historical information, and philosophical thought. Pascalian Meditations makes explicit the presuppositions of a state of "scholasticism," a certain leisure liberated from the urgencies of the world. Philosophers, unwilling to engage these presuppositions in their practice, have brought them into the order of discourse, not so much to analyze them as to legitimate them. This situation is the primary systematic, epistemological, ethical, and aesthetic error that Bourdieu subjects to methodological critique. This critique of scholarly reason is carried out in the name of Pascal because he, too, pointed out the features of human existence that the scholastic outlook ignores: he was concerned with symbolic power; he refused the temptation of foundationalist thinking; he attended (without populist naïveté) to "ordinary people"; and he was determined to seek the raison d'être of seemingly illogical behavior rather than condemning or mocking it. Through this critique, Bourdieu charts a negative philosophy that calls into question some of our most fundamental presuppositions, such as a "subject" who is free and self-aware. This philosophy, with its intellectual debt to such other "heretical" philosophers as Wittgenstein, Austin, Dewey, and Peirce, renews traditional questioning of the concepts of violence, power, time, history, the universal, and the purpose and direction of existence.
Chilldweller
At last, a Bourdieu book that is clear, to the point and does not give me headaches. I enjoyed it a bit, too, which is a plus because what I am doing is not all that enjoyable. Nice translation. I mean Nice did the translating. Good job of putting out a consistent narrative. Bourdieu buries jokes in his writing, and that's a relief because he sometimes gets depressingly serious. Some of what irritates me also irritates Bourdieu, like holier-than-thou academics who claim to be objective observers Read it for yourself. It's in the book... So there!
Shan
Excellent Sociological treatise on how the world works, how we participate in our own lives, how we are human. I love this book, although Bourdieu gets a little technical at times in sociology terms, if you stick with it you will see the light. Very good reading. Thanks
Ferne
I paid regular freight, and these folks got this book to me in like two days!,
BlessСhild
Much as Edmund Husserl was always writing an "Introduction to Phenomenological Philosophy", French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu produced many introductions to his 'logic of practice': this is the last and, I think, the best. Although Bourdieu, in keeping with his self-image as a man compelled to reveal social reality by careful scientific study of that reality, did many worthwhile "special studies" of sociological topics his insistence on continually updating his "reflexive sociology" shows that he was no 'felicitious positivist' -- and the actual mechanics of this explanation of how human beings travel like pachinko balls in carefully constrained if seemingly random social trajectories are one of the glories of 20th century social theory. Bourdieu was intent on being the most materialist of cultural materialists, denying the reality of social transcendence through values and "the finer things", and all these books are Baedekers for people bombing in life.

The titular conceit is an interesting one: Bourdieu claims he took for a time to calling himself a Pascalian when people would ask if he was a Marxist, and the actual words of the famous mathematician, philosopher, and theologian appear quite frequently throughout the book. There is none of the famous "wager", however: what Bourdieu is inspired by are statements in the line of "habit is ten times nature". Bourdieu's own concept of "habitus", a word liberated from premodern philosophical ethics in order to capture the sense in which our sociocultural make-up 'makes our decisions for us' while we unwittingly persist in an image of ourselves as free and unconstrained agents, is naturally illustrated by the reference-point. Beyond that, a concept under-described in his other books, the "social field", is carefully explained as the matrix of social vectors which -- as Bourdieu famously and, surprisingly, truly said -- makes even the 'life chances' of a artistic genius, no less than a journeyman in a craft.

Admittedly, some of the asides are 'B-sides': Bourdieu essentially calls Juergen Habermas a poorly disguised theologian, completely ignoring Habermas' careful work with the modern philosophical tradition and its relevance for social theory, and his observations about the relative isolation in which American elite education occurred throughout the 20th century are no longer apposite after the "urbanist" turn of the US creative class. But for the most part, as displayed in *Sociology is a Martial Art* -- the film documentary made in the last years of his life -- Bourdieu stayed in close contact with French social reality and much of what Anglophones forget Europeans understand about success and failure is a prosaic guide to social sanity. Additionally, the frustratingly idiosyncratic printing techniques of Bourdieu's other works -- paragraphs of Bourdieu's set in 'block quotes' which lead the reader to expect a quotation when one is reading the main text -- do not irritate here.

Good stuff.
Weetont
I think for me this book filled a gap. A big gap. Between current, or in any case, recent philosophy (i.e. postmodernism) and sociology. Bourdieu even motivates that the existence of that gap was his main reason for writing the book. How is the gap filled?

What I've found is a valuable contribution that remains theoretical, engaged, yet practical in its application. Valuable, because it contributes to an increased engagement of theorists with practice. Valuable also, because there are some basic starting points derived from theoretical issues that Bourdieu pushes forward, irrespective of domain to which these issues belong.

If you're wondering what specifically those issues are, I'm sorry to have to disappoint you. I've read the book too long ago to remember. I'm writing this, because I'm very surprised nobody has reviewed it yet. This book is much too valuable to leave unreviewed. I.m.h.o. it's a very powerful theoretical contribution to increasing sensible scientific practice. Read it!
Pascalian Meditations ebook
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Richard Nice,Pierre Bourdieu
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