Raffel SG

Raffel SG - Raffel, Stanley. 2002. If Goffman Had Read...

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Raffel, Stanley. 2002. “If Goffman Had Read Levinas.” Journal of Classical Sociology , 2, 179-202. Don’t get to worried about all the names in the beginning. We will talk about Habermas and Giddens later, don’t worry about Hegel, Merleau-Ponty and Kojeve—focus instead on the main argument. What Raffel is essentially arguing is that Goffman based his theory of interaction on Sartre, and Sartre’s conception of self. The problem is that Sartre has a vision of what the self is that Raffel finds disturbing in some of its consequences and ultimately incorrect. He attempts to show the problems of Sartre’s idea of self by contrasting it with Levinas. This is not just an empty debate between scholars. Notice that Sartre’s vision of the self is one that many people would agree with, in fact, we often take it for granted. Raffel is trying to show us the dangers of basing social and political theory on Sartre.
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