Ferdinand tonnies: Utopian visionary

Sociological Theory 13 (1):58-65 (1995)

Abstract

Among the founders of classical German sociology, Ferdinand Tonnies is still relatively neglected. Many reasons are given, but the most widespread and the most damning is that Tonnies is a pessimist who wished, in the face of modernity, to return to the supposed Golden Age of rural Germany, when the community, ruled by patriarchs, gathered on the land. This interpretation is fundamentally flawed: although Tonnies wanted to describe the rootless, ruthless, calculating individuals of modern society, he wished to recall the past primarily in order to develop a blueprint for the future, in which the so-called feminine traits of conscience, empathy, and care would govern the community. Rather than yearning for the past, Tonnies was a utopian who had a vision of the future and tried to make it a reality

Download options

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 72,855

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Analytics

Added to PP
2009-01-28

Downloads
77 (#153,767)

6 months
2 (#257,917)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references

Similar books and articles

Ferdinand Tönnies and Academic 'Socialism'.Niall Bond - 2011 - History of the Human Sciences 24 (3):23-45.
Ferdinand tönnies: Comunidad Y sociedad.Wolfgang Schluchter - 2011 - Signos Filosóficos 13 (26):43-62.
Ferdinand Tonnies: Community and Civil Society.C. Adair-Toteff - 2003 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 11 (1):164-168.
Ferdinand Tönnies's Romanticism.Niall Bond - 2011 - The European Legacy 16 (4):487 - 504.
Hobbes in Kiel, 1938: From Ferdinand Tönnies to Carl Schmitt.Tomaž Mastnak - 2015 - History of European Ideas 41 (7):966-991.
Rational Natural Law and German Sociology: Hobbes, Locke and Tönnies.Niall Bond - 2011 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 19 (6):1175 - 1200.
Ferdinand tönnies.[author unknown] - 1936 - Revue de Métaphysique et de Morale 43 (4):12-12.