Andrew Abbott: “Between Knowledge and Politics: A Centennial Reflection on Weber’s ‘Vocations’”

First Seminar of the year: “Between Knowledge and Politics: A Centennial Reflection on Weber’s ‘Vocations’”

 

In this paper, Andrew Abbott (University of Chicago) shall consider and reject the strong distinction made by Weber between knowledge and politics, both as careers and as areas of endeavor. Under a processual ontology, the distinction of politics and knowledge is less one of facts versus values than one of past versus future. By bringing the two sides together as different aspects of our understanding of the present, this reorientation allows us to rethink problems like the politicization of scholarship and the “engineering” model of social science.

 

This public lecture is part of the Department of Sociology’s Academic Launch, and UBC’s Imagine Day.