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On the Science of Uncertainty: The Biographical Method in by Franco Ferrarotti

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By Franco Ferrarotti

Franco Ferrarotti hopes to guide sociologists clear of overly reductionistic, technical size in their subjects_an strategy that has more and more been problematized through the usual sciences_toward a rediscovery of (auto)biographical fabrics and the price of the person.

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Paul, 1958. 18. See C. Wright Mills, preface to the Italian edition, Turin: Einaudi, 1977, p. xiv (Einaudi published the first Italian edition in 1949). 19. xx. 20. See my "Introduzione" to Veblen, Opere, Turin: UTET, 1969, pp. 29-30. 21. See I. L. Horowitz's Introduction to C. Wright Mills, Sociology and Pragmatism, New York Oxford University Press, 1966, p. 17; my emphasis. 1 A Sociological Methodology as the Technique of Listening THE ”PERIODIC” NATURE AND THE UNPREDICTABILITY OF HUMAN BEHAVIOR I n the notes collected and published posthumously under the title “Philosophie neuve,” Stendhal suggested recording minute by minute the day of an average man.

Hence it is capable of tackling subjects which are apparently wandering but really basic for a synchronic model, and for the multidimensional reconstruction of sociohistorical fragments: such as the history of madness, of climate, of average attitudes to death, the history of public festivities, the historical examination of the basic characteristics of French rural society, and so forth. In other words, history from below is the history of the essence of the everyday, the clarification and interpretation of life practices and practice of tradition, not relived sentimentally as mere popular folklore, but critically rethought as psychologically reassuring visions of the world, and at the same time as constellations of cognitive values, linked to and verified by the experience of life everyday.

J. S. G. C. Middlemore, London: Phaidon Press, 1945, p. 82. 2. Karl Joachim Weintraub, The Value of the Individual: Self and Circumstance in Autobiography, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1978, pp. 17982; my emphasis. xxx Introduction 3. F. Nietzsche, Frammenti postumi, version of S. Giametti, Milan: Adelphi, 1990, p. 231(my translation; hereafter, unless otherwise noted, all English translations of cited material are mine). 4. See M. Maffesoli, La ConnaissanceOrdinaire, Paris: Mkridiens, 1985,p.

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