The Scholar

  • Piotr Sztompka
Part of the Contemporary Social Theory book series (CONTSTHE)


Behind the bibliography that runs to some thirty pages of print,1 there is a man, ‘a man of knowledge’ — to use Znaniecki’s apt phrase,2 who has been creating all that for half a century. My aim in this chapter is to outline his profile. Not in full but only in the form of a one-dimensional sketch, derived from looking through the prism of his social role as a man of knowledge, as a scholar.


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  1. 1.
    See M. W. Miles, ‘Bibliography — Robert K. Merton, 1934–1975’, in L. A. Coser (ed), The Idea of Social Structure; Papers in Honor of Robert K. Merton (New York, 1975: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich), pp. 497–522; and a supplement ‘Publications since 1975’ compiled by M. W. Miles (mimeographed).Google Scholar
  2. 105.
    ‘Sociological Aspects of Invention, Discovery and Scientific Theories’. In P. A. Sorokin, Social and Cultural Dynamics, 4 vols (New York 1937: American Book Company), pp. 125–80 and 439–76.Google Scholar

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© Piotr Sztompka 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Piotr Sztompka
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  1. 1.Jagiellonian University at KrakowPoland

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