May 10, 1919|
New York City, New York, United States
|Died||January 25, 2011
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
|Institutions||University of Chicago, Columbia University, Harvard University|
|Alma mater||City College of New York Columbia University|
|Doctoral students||Mustafa Emirbayer|
When theology erodes and organization crumbles, when the institutional framework of religion begins to break up, the search for a direct experience which people can feel to be religious facilitates the rise of cults.
Europe, in legend, has always been the home of subtle philosophical discussion; America was the land of grubby pragmatism.
The impulse of the journalist is to be novel, yet to relate his curiosities to the urgencies of the moment; the philosopher seeks what he conceives to be true, regardless of the moment.
The intellectual takes as a starting point his self and relates the world to his own sensibilities; the scientist accepts an existing field of knowledge and seeks to map out the unexplored terrain.