Volume 8, 2003
The Nature of Integralism
This article is an introduction to a symposium on integralism. To clarify the nature of integralism, Pitirim A. Sorokin's ideas regarding culture types, their corresponding systems of truth and knowledge, and integralism as an innovative ontology and epistemology are described. The reasons why integralism should be considered an incipient paradigm in the social sciences are advanced. The remaining articles in the symposium are summarized in terms of the various projects necessary to establish integralism as a viable tradition of thought in the social sciences.