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„Мит" и „история" в овладяването на националсоциалистическото минало на германската социология
„Myth" and „History" in Mastering the History of the National Socialist Past of German Sociology

Author(s): Svetla Marinova
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Институт по философия и социология при БАН

Summary/Abstract: On the basis of a study and analysis of one con-past, the article raises a more general issue: the crete case in „the history of German sociology“ – usage of the concepts of „myth“ and „history“ in specifically, the histories of its national socialist historical discourse. For social researchers with a historical turn of mind, it has become self-evident that the writing of history, defined as an impartial, objective study of the past, has greater value and authority when it displays itself as a „debunking of myths“, of erroneous views or views characterized by partiality. The author attempts to problematize this self-evidence in showing that, were it to become a non-reflected attitude, it could lead to a situation where the concept of „history“ is used for conducting myth-debunking policies that are not free of passions and power ambitions. Such strategies, especially when they exploit the scientific legitimacy contained in the notions of „history“ and „historical study“, not only fail to solve the topical tasks of sociology (solutions that would justify the study of its history) but could even be counter-productive by blocking modern practices in the production of sociological knowledge.

  • Issue Year: 41/2009
  • Issue No: 1-2
  • Page Range: 75-99
  • Page Count: 25
  • Language: Bulgarian