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The Sociological Imagination of Dhurjati Prasad Mukerji

Beyond Hermeneutics and Positivism

This article looks into a particular philosophical problem that haunts both Sociology and Marxism, and where D P Mukerji's perspective may be seen as relevant. There has been much ado in sociology over the debate between hermeneutic and positivist approaches. Drawing insights from D P Mukerji, we see his intervention as an attempt to find a way out of this impasse through a distinct rendition of the Marxian dialectic, which is seen as open rather than closed. His rendition combines three principles: taking sides, dynamics of the objective human reality, and most truthful to the wholeness. This unique rendition, D P Mukerji argues, is apt for addressing the philosophical problem of sociology in the context of the specificity of Indian history.

The term “The Sociological Imagination” is infl uenced by the work of C W Mills. We are grateful to Anirban Chattopadhyay of Ananda Bazar Patrika for his insights, and particularly for lending his expertise in helping us to translate DP’s Bengali work into English. We are also indebted to Anup Dhar of Ambedkar University, Delhi, for commenting on the article. The usual disclaimer applies.

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