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Mannheim, Karl
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(Mar 27, 1893, Budapest – Jan 9, 1947, London). In 1933, after serving as professor of sociology in Frankfurt am Main since 1930, Mannheim emigrated to London, where he taught at the London School of Economics. He pioneered a sociology of knowledge in which the interplay between knowledge and society is understood as an expressive relationship. Borrowing critically from K. Marx and W. Dilthey, he was concerned to show that “thought styles” are rooted in larger thought systems (ideologies) associated with specific economic systems and forms of…

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Wohlrab-Sahr, Monika, “Mannheim, Karl”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 15 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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