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The calling of social thought: Rediscovering the work of Edward Shils

Christopher Adair-Toteff and Stephen Turner


Edward Shils was an important figure in twentieth century social theory, and a true transatlantic thinker who divided his time between the University of Chicago and the U.K. He was friends with many important thinkers in other fields, such as Michael Polanyi and Saul Bellow. He became known to sociologists through his brief collaboration with Talcott Parsons, but his own thinking diverged both from Parsons and conventional sociology. He developed but never finalized a comprehensive image of human society made up of personal, civic, and sacred bonds. But much of his thought was focused on confl ... More

Keywords: Edward Shils, Michael Polanyi, Tradition, philosophical anthropology, nations, Michael Oakeshott, Social theory, sociology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781526120052
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526120052.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Adair-Toteff, editor
Fellow at the Center for Social and Political Thought at the University of South Florida, Tampa, and an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Kent, Canterbury

Stephen Turner, editor
Distinguished University Professor at the University of South Florida, Tampa