A German Mind in the Russian Academe: Ethnos & Society
Sociologists, as a rule, consider themselves free from the demands of historical study in that they may make assertions that have no reference to human experience as though they were empirically verified facts. It is the principal failing of the discipline—and ironic, too, since the founders of sociological study populated their works with direct references to observations of human experience and eschewed groundless theorizing insofar as possible. Weber’s Protestant Ethic and the “Spirit” of Capitalism only really existed because of the ethnography he conducted for his earlier essay “‘Churches’ and ‘Sects’ in North America”, Durkheim’s seminal work On Suicide, probably his most important contribution for dissident Rightists, is exhaustive in its statistical considerations, and Tönnies’ great forgotten Community and Society is defined by his explicit protestations that he is working solely with Idealtypen that find no direct representation in human societies. Of course, the Fathers of Sociology formed their discipline in a profoundly German academic setting in which the marble mind of the age was Leopold von Ranke and historicism was the rule—and while the trappings of the sociological golden age still give form to the discipline, it has by and large given up the ghost and is animated by a wholly different spirit.