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Author Ringer, Fritz K., 1934-

Title Fields of knowledge : French academic culture in comparative perspective, 1890-1920 / Fritz Ringer
Published Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1992

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Description xiii, 379 pages ; 23 cm
Contents Introduction: The intellectual field, intellectual history, and the sociology of knowledge. Studying intellectual fields. Academic cultures, social relations, and the intellectuals. Reductionism, relativism, and the sociology of knowledge -- 1. Education, the middle classes, and the intellectuals: the social field in modern France and Germany. The comparative history of educational systems. French secondary and higher education since Napoleon. Educational segmentation and the French bourgeoisie. Bourgeois culture and the intellectuals in modern France -- 2. The meanings of education, 1. Bildung and its implications in the German tradition, 1890-1930. The position of Matthew Arnold. Roots and dimensions of the French education debate of 1890-1920. The French image of the intellectual proletariat -- 3. The meanings of education, 2. The defense of culture generale. The reformist position. Three historical perspectives. Toward meritocracy -- 4. The new French university
The crisis of German academic culture. Science and politics: aspects of the French intellectual field during the late nineteenth century. The ideology of the new Sorbonne, 1900-1904. The literary opposition -- 5. Perspectives upon selected disciplines. Philosophy and the sciences of man. Charles Seignobos and the new scientific history. Emile Durkheim on education. Science as a vocation -- Conclusion: education as interpretation
Analysis Culture History
France
French culture
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 356-367) and index
Subject Knowledge, Sociology of.
Learning and scholarship -- France -- History -- 19th century.
France -- Intellectual life -- 19th century.
Germany -- Intellectual life -- 19th century.
LC no. 90025944
ISBN 0521401186 (U.S. : hardback)
2735104192 (France : hardback)