Title

Weber and Levinas on Modernity and the Problem of Suffering: Reconstructing Social Theory as Ethically Framed Rather Than Epistemologically Framed

Authors

Stan J. Knapp

Keywords

Meaning; rationality; suffering; Max Weber; Emmanuel Levinas; social theory

Abstract

This paper argues that the quest for meaning and the problem of suffering are in an irresolvable state of tension and that this tension remains of central importance in modernity and a prominent issue in the reconstruction of contemporary social theory and social science.

Original Publication Citation

Knapp, Stan J. 2016. “Weber and Levinas on Modernity and the Problem of Suffering: Reconstructing Social Theory as Ethically Framed rather than Epistemologically Framed.” in Harry F. Dahms, Lybeck Eric R. (ed.) Reconstructing Social Theory, History and Practice (Current Perspectives in Social Theory, Volume 35) Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 145–170.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2017

Publisher

Current Perspectives in Social Theory

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Associate Professor

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