Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

Sociology and Social Policy

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Dr Austin Harrington's Publications


  • Harrington A, German Cosmopolitan Social Thought and the Idea of the West (Cambridge University Press, 2016)

  • Harrington AP, Encyclopedia of Social Theory (Routledge, 2006)

  • Harrington AP, Modern Social Theory: An Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2005), 400p

  • Harrington AP, Art and social theory: sociological arguments in aesthetics (Cambridge : Polity, 2004), vii, 237p

  • Harrington AP, Hermeneutic dialogue and social science: a critique of Gadamer and Habermas, Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought (Routledge [Imprint of Taylor and Francis Group], 2001), [xiii], 178 pp

Journal articles

  • Harrington AP, ‘Weimar Social Theory and the Fragmentation of European World Pictures’, Thesis Eleven: critical theory and historical sociology 2012, 66-80

  • Harrington AP, ‘Messianicity’ In Social Theory? A Critique Of A Thesis Of Jacques Derrida’, Thesis Eleven: Critical Theory and Historical Sociology, 98.1 (2009), 52-68
    DOI: 10.1177/0725513609105483

  • Harrington AP, ‘A Sociology of the Demonic? Alfred Weber's Conception of 'Immanent Transcendence’, Journal of Classical Sociology, 8.1 (2008), 89-108
    DOI: 10.1177/1468795X07084696

  • Harrington AP, ‘Theological History And The Legitimacy Of The Modern Social Sciences: Considerations On The Work Of Hans Blumenberg’, Thesis Eleven: Critical Theory and Historical Sociology, 94.6 (2008), 6-28
    DOI: 10.1177/0725513608093274

  • Harrington AP, ‘Ernst Troeltsch’s Concept of Europe’, European Journal of Social Theory, 7.4 (2004), 479-498
    DOI: 10.1177/1368431004046704

  • Harrington AP, ‘Undivided, Not-United: Robert Musil's Community’, None, 8.1 (2003), 109-118

  • Harrington AP, ‘Max Weber's Replies to his Critics, 1907-1910: Comments on the Translation’, Max Weber Studies, 2.1 (2002), 70-87

  • Harrington AP, ‘Robert Musil and Classical Sociology’, Journal of Classical Sociology, 2.1 (2002), 59-76

  • Harrington AP, ‘Meanings and Interests of the History of Ideas’, History of the Human Sciences, 15.2 (2002), 109-115

  • Harrington AP, ‘Knowing the Social World Through Literature: Sociological Reflections on Robert Musil's "The Man Without Qualities’, International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 5.1 (2002), 51-60
    DOI: 10.1080/13645570110098073

  • Harrington AP, ‘From Hegel to the Sociology of Knowledge: Contested Narratives’, Theory, Culture & Society, 18.6 (2001), 125-134
    DOI: 10.1177/02632760122052075

  • Harrington AP, ‘Dilthey, Empathy and Verstehen: A Contemporary Reappraisal’, European Journal of Social Theory, 4.3 (2001), 329-347
    DOI: 10.1177/13684310122225145

  • Harrington AP, ‘New German Aesthetic Theory: Martin Seel's Art of Diremption’, Radical Philosophy, 109 (2001), 6-13

  • Harrington AP, ‘Overview of the Text of 'Economy and Society' by the Editors of the Max Weber Gesamtausgabe’, Max Weber Studies, 1.1 (2000), 138-148

  • Harrington AP, ‘In Defence of Verstehen and Erklaren: Wilhelm Dilthey's Ideas Concerning a Descriptive and Analytical Psychology’, Theory & Psychology, 10.4 (2000), 435-451

  • Harrington AP, ‘Objectivism in Hermeneutics? Gadamer, Habermas, Dilthey’, Philosophy of the Social Sciences, 30.4 (2000), 491-507

  • Harrington AP, ‘A Kind of Fieldwork in our Ongoing Practices of Enlightenment: Thomas Osborne's 'Aspects of Englightenment’, History of the Human Sciences, 13.4 (2000), 97-102

  • Harrington AP, ‘Alfred Schutz and the Objectifying Attitude’, Sociology, 34.4 (2000), 727-740

  • Harrington AP, ‘Value-Spheres or 'Validity-Spheres'? Weber, Habermas and Modernity’, Max Weber Studies, 1.1 (2000), 117-137

  • Harrington AP, ‘Some Problems with Gadamer's and Habermas' Dialogical Model of Sociological Understanding’, Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, 29.4 (1999), 371-384


  • Harrington AP, ‘Post-Secular Society’, in The Routledge International Handbook of Contemporary Social Theory, ed. by Delanty G and Turner S (New York: Routledge, 2011), 493-502

  • Harrington AP, ‘Undivided, Not-United: Robert Musil's Community [reprint]’, in Robert Musil's The Man Without Qualities, ed. by Bloom H (Chelsea House Publishers, 2005), 90-115


  • Harrington AP, Concepts of Europe in Classical Social Theory: Themes in the Work of Ernst Troeltsch and his Contemporaries and their Status for Recent Conceptions of Modernity in Europe, (European University Institute, Florence, 2003)

Scholarly editions

  • Chalcraft D, Harrington AP, A translation of Weber's Replies (1907-1910) to reviews of his 'The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism' with critical apparatus, (Liverpool University Press, 2001)

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