Thiele, Steven J. Books

Morality in Classical European Sociology. The Denial of Social Plurality
1996 0-7734-8757-3
First comprehensive study to show the significance of the acceptance or rejection of universal moral authority in the classical sociology of Marx, Weber, and Durkheim. Appeal to such an authority, whether it be Durkheim's social order, Marx's historical progress or Weber's genuine individual, leads immediately to a set of insoluble dualisms such as freedom/determinism, agency/structure, and is/ought, problems which have plagued classical European sociology. The writings of Nietzsche and Anderson are utilized to draw out what it means to take morality as problematic.