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I am Czech. In 1948 I graduated from historical Charles' collage at Prague. In 1970 I got here to Canada, the rustic of my selection, from New Zealand the place I had taught years on the collage of Canter­ bury in Christchurch. This paintings was once started after I left Europe. it's meant as contribution to modern sociological and social psy­ chological concept, or theories. for a long time in my local kingdom i used to be intellectually a Jack­ of-alI-trades. ahead of coming to sociology I spent twenty years of research and examine within the fields of philosophy, historical past and resourceful literature. in retrospect I view this no longer as wasted time, yet as a unprecedented advent to the learn of society, of guy in society and of society in guy. there are numerous hyperlinks among those components of medical inquiry which i wouldn't were capable of make had I no longer had this multi­ disciplinary event. In each one of my lives, previous and current, i've been for a few purposes marginal to my fellow males, marginal in numerous respects. In my place of origin I refused to comply to the road of the ruling political occasion. I grew to become a "non-person" in all that means in a totalitarian regime.

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I'm Czech. In 1948 I graduated from old Charles' collage at Prague. In 1970 I got here to Canada, the rustic of my selection, from New Zealand the place I had taught years on the collage of Canter­ bury in Christchurch. This paintings was once all started after I left Europe. it truly is meant as contribution to modern sociological and social psy­ chological conception, or theories.

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The great problem of his vast legacy, where he was often unconcerned with the form of his wealth of ideas, is that his methodological and substantive contributions are often unrelated and, consequently, his deep insights into the logic of scientific inquiry do not provide an adequate guide to his work. Weber never defined Verstehen in strict terms, and confined himself to suggest its characteristic in a sensitizing manner at best. He never fully discussed the question of how one attempts to validate inferences and imputations from Verstehen, thus leaving himself open to the charge of intuitionism.

Waller, "Insight and Scientific Method", in : Amer. J. , Nov. 1934. 20 MULTIDISCIPLINARY CONTEXT to the artistic process : selecting out those elements of experience which fit together, and recombining them in the mind. The rudiments of the scientific concept are present to the senses, but its totality is reconstructed and fitted together in imagination. An integral part of any scientific construct is an artistic re-creation of events. 35 J. Burckhardt was one of the first scholars who integrated cultural and social development into history and who thereby interpreted his discipline sociologically avant la lettre.

Both are much less "precision instruments" in terms of traditional empiriCism than a sort of directive for further research which are able to sensitize us to certain substantive aspects of social reality, organizing them in a stimulating, yet preliminary, way. As in the case of sensitizing analysis, the work with personal documents is more time-consuming and laborious than with published sources or records, or with a testing program. Moreover, the "climate of opinion" in the field of social sciences in the 30's and in the 40's of this century, an urge toward "objectivity" has been a most limiting factor when applied to the use of personal documents.

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