Introduction: “Science as a Vocation” as a Spiritual Exercise

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This brief essay is an invitation to today’s sociologists to go back to Weber’s "Science as a Vocation" with Keith Tribe and Ian Hunter as guides. We highlight two main aspects of their readings. First, "Science as a Vocation" appears as an exemplary exercise on the sociology of academic life. Weber’s lecture is not only a diagnosis of the conditions of the early Twentieth century scientist. It formulates also a set of key questions that could guide the sociological diagnostic of the conditions of social research in contemporary universities. Second, "Science as a Vocation" is Weber’s spiritual exercise. It could be read as providing a stance that sociologists should follow in order to live up to the demands of their academic office.
This brief essay is an invitation to today’s sociologists to go back to Weber’s "Science as a Vocation" with Keith Tribe and Ian Hunter as guides. We highlight two main aspects of their readings. First, "Science as a Vocation" appears as an exemplary exercise on the sociology of academic life. Weber’s lecture is not only a diagnosis of the conditions of the early Twentieth century scientist. It formulates also a set of key questions that could guide the sociological diagnostic of the conditions of social research in contemporary universities. Second, "Science as a Vocation" is Weber’s spiritual exercise. It could be read as providing a stance that sociologists should follow in order to live up to the demands of their academic office.
LanguageEnglish
JournalSociologica
Volume12
Issue number1
Pages117-124
Number of pages8
ISSN0187-0173
DOIs
StatePublished - 2018

Keywords

  • "Science as a vocation"
  • Sociology of academic life
  • Value free
  • Weber
  • Spiritual exercise

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