Lokhmatov, Aleksei (2020). On the Way to 'Unity': Jozef Chalasinski and the Search for a 'Permissible' Genealogy of Sociology in Post-War Poland (1945-1951). NTM, 28 (4). S. 519 - 547. CHAM: SPRINGER INTERNATIONAL PUBLISHING AG. ISSN 1420-9144

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This article deals with the public debates on the genealogy of Polish social sciences after the Second World War. The author shows how the changes in political conditions in the period between the end of the war (1945) and the 'Stalinisation' of Polish science at the First Congress of Polish Science (1951) influenced the 'limits of the permissible' in public discussions about the scientific identity of sociology. The article describes the stages in the development of public discourse on the genealogy of the social sciences and thematises the increasing influence of the political agenda on the public practices of academics. When, immediately after the war, continuity with inter-war tradition, and the limited character of the Marxist approach, were particularly emphasised in the public discourse on the genealogy of social sciences, the beginning of the 'Stalinisation' of public space in 1948 forced the scholars to put emphasis on the political role of sociology, which, according to them, belonged to the 'progressive camp' together with Marxism. The closing of the sociological departments, and a journal, between 1950 and 1951 started a new stage of the debates within the preparatory meetings for the scientific congress. At this congress, the task of the social scientists was to construct, together with philosophers, a 'progressive scientific tradition' in Poland. For the Polish social scientists, the congress was a task to write a 'mathematical equation' with a known result and several mandatory elements such as 'the progressive national tradition,' 'Marxism-Leninism,' and 'six-year plan.' However, even under strong political pressure, the participants in the discussions did not come to a compromise concerning the progressive tradition of the Polish social sciences, and did not achieve the necessary 'unity.'

Item Type: Journal Article
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URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-323974
DOI: 10.1007/s00048-020-00267-3
Journal or Publication Title: NTM
Volume: 28
Number: 4
Page Range: S. 519 - 547
Date: 2020
Place of Publication: CHAM
ISSN: 1420-9144
Language: German
Faculty: Unspecified
Divisions: Unspecified
Subjects: no entry
Uncontrolled Keywords:
History & Philosophy Of ScienceMultiple languages
URI: http://kups.ub.uni-koeln.de/id/eprint/32397


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