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哪些思想家定义我们的未来?

伯克利—几年前,我发现当今社会科学家都站在马基雅维利、洛克、斯密、托克维尔、马克斯·韦伯和涂尔干等巨人的肩上。他们的一个共同点是他们的主要焦点集中在1450—1900年间西欧世界的社会、政治和经济构成上。这么说吧,他们提供了一个看待(比如)1840年的西方世界的知识工具箱,但未必适合2016年的西方世界。

那么,到了(比如)2070年,社会理论课程应该教些什么?哪些经典——成于今天或仍有待出现的——将是那些在21世纪70年代结束职业生涯的人希望他们在21世纪10年代职业生涯伊始时就开始使用的?

过去几年,我仔细地思考了这个问题,将我的选择缩窄为三个人的著作:19世纪30和40年代写作的托克维尔、20世纪20和30年代写作的凯恩斯以及20世纪30和40年代写作的卡尔·波拉尼(Karl Polanyi)。

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