While focusing on social thought, this book draws on many disciplines, including philosophy, anthropology, and political science. It demonstrates the profound difficulties social thinkers - including liberals, socialists, and those intellectuals who could be regarded as the sociologists - had in coming to terms with the phenomenon of war.
Hans Joas is professor of sociology and social thought at the University of Chicago and a permanent fellow at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Freiburg. Wolfgang Knobl is professor of sociology at Gottingen University. They are the authors of many books and the coauthors of Social Theory: Twenty Introductory Lectures.
Short-listed for Choice 's Outstanding Academic Titles for 2013 2013.