An ecumenical sensibility

Martin Krygier*

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On reading Philip Selznicks Sociology and Natural Law (1961), Philippe Nonet wrote him to ask if he could come from Belgium to UC Berkeley to study with him. He went on to become for a long time his closest collaborator. Nonet (2002, 50) later observed, somewhat Delphically but insightfully, that those who look to Philips work for contributions to this or that fieldsociology of organization, industrial sociology, sociology of lawwill doubtless find something, indeed a great deal, but they will miss all that matters. This observation, perhaps overheated but in the right direction, resonated with me since I too have long thought that much that was most distinctive and distinguished about Selznicks thought is not well captured within conventional frames or characterizations. I have speculated about what is missed ever since I heard Nonets remark. I have several candidates but here will focus on matters of sensibility
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Anthem Companion to Philip Selznick
PublisherAnthem Press
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9781785278266
ISBN (Print)1785278258, 9781785278259
Publication statusPublished - 17 Aug 2021
Externally publishedYes


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