The question of the future of European social sciences is taken up by examining two examples of ‘futures past’ that represent significant moments of two different ‘histories’ of the social sciences. The first one is that of Max Weber in the years about 1910 when he engaged himself in the foundation of the German Sociological Association and in other initiatives. The second example is that of the efforts of Fernand Braudel, during the 1950s and 1960s, to reorganize social sciences and humanities in the frame of new institutions as the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences sociales and the Foundation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme. Both initiatives, the German and the French, combined an intellectual with an institutional project, the first being a story of failure, the second a story of success. The actual situation is then examined under the viewpoint of the tensions between Eurocentrism and de-Europeanisation on the one side, monolingualism and pluri-lingualism on the other. Going back directly (and not via second hand lectures) to important intellectual projects as those of Weber and Braudel (or others) could be helpful for the design of the future of European social sciences.
Aims and Scope
The Portuguese Journal of Social Science brings to an international readership the best Portuguese scholarship in the social sciences. Published in English, this journal combines important work of interest to the social science community, particularly specialists in Latin America and southern Europe.
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This journal opens a gateway for the international community to engage with a high calibre of academic work in social sciences produced by Portuguese scholarship. The principal academic disciplines covered by the journal include anthropology, economics, history, social psychology, sociology, political science and social geography