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Enquêter sur nos attachements. Comment hériter de William James ?

Abstract : Doing survey on our attachments. How to inherit from William James? This paper aims neither to assimilate pragmatism into the social sciences, nor to claim that the two are totally divergent: it merely raises the question of the social survey. If a rapprochement is possible, there is a price to be paid, which is the radical reappraisals that such an approach requires. The irreducible aspects of pragmatism, particularly the radical empiricism of James, are underlined. This does not mean that it is thereby possible to ‘apply’ the ideas of James, the least ‘social’ of the founding fathers of pragmatism, in order to make the survey more sensitive to the ongoing nature of the experiment: that work remains to be done. Using current research, this paper offers some suggestions as to the forms a survey might take, and the different relations it entails with the individuals and realities involved, within the plurality of a world that is always in the making.
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Antoine Hennion. Enquêter sur nos attachements. Comment hériter de William James ?. SociologieS, Toulouse : Association internationale des sociologues de langue française, 2015, pp.00. ⟨hal-01119864⟩



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