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Philip SelznickIdeals in the World$
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Martin Krygier

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804744751

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804744751.001.0001

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Pathos and Politics

Pathos and Politics

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(p.92) Chapter Five Pathos and Politics
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Philip Selznick
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804744751.003.0006

This chapter focuses on how two critics—Alvin Gouldner and Sheldon Wolin—engaged with enduring aspects of Selznick's thought and ways of thought. Gouldner attacked what he took to be the unjustifiedly pessimistic character of Selznick's work; Wolin, however, attacked what he saw as its systematic decentering and miscasting of the character of politics. Each believed these defects were exemplary, symptomatic of pervasive errors in contemporary thought, of which Selznick was a negative paradigm.

Keywords:   Philip Selznick, Alvin Gouldner, Sheldon Wolin, critics

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