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Dr. Gert H. Mueller & Analytical Sociological Theory (AST)

This website presents professor Mueller's work in Analytical Sociological Theory; the fruit of over 50 years of scholarly research. Dr. Mueller's analytical theory is the product of an ebullient curiosity leading to exhaustive studies in religion, philosophy, history, and sociology. The body of Mueller's work bears witness to a life-long passion for uncompromising scholarship and intellectual craftsmanship in the pursuit of sociology as a rigorous science.

Professor Mueller argues that the methods of 19th-century empiricism are being pursued at the expense of nomological theory, a condition that rests on a misunderstanding of logic and its application as a tool of theory construction.

Under the influence of philosophers and theorists like Aristotle, Comte, Husserl, William James, Dilthey, and Wittgenstein, Mueller argues that reality (physical, biological, social, moral, and cultural) can be conceived most fruitfully as forming a hierarchy of founding and controlling relationships that condition social reality rather than mechanically determine it. Mueller tests the hierarchical relationships posited in his theory by applying the tools of mathematical logic and more specifically, the "foundational function" used to map the relationships between emergent and dominant superstructures.

Dr. Mueller was born in Dresden Germany on July 20, 1922. After WWII he was admitted to the Freie University of West Berlin. He received his PhD from the University of Munich on March 29, 1954. The Title of his dissertation was: The Structure of Pure Dialectics.

He subsequently returned to Berlin to pass his first state examination, which entitled him to teach history, philosophy, and French in the German Gymnasial system, where he taught from 1954 to 1962. After having spent four years as a private scholar, he accepted a call as an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh, where he taught sociology from 1968 to 1972.

In 1973 he accepted a position at the American University in Washington, DC. where he taught sociology until his retirement in 1991. As an emeritus professor, he remained active in pursuing his research and writing on sociological theory

 

Publications

Book:

Sociology and Ontology: The Analytical Foundations of Sociological Theory (University Press of America, 1989)

Working Drafts:

Analytical Sociology: An Outline

The Logical Foundations of Analytical Sociology

Sociology as a Strict Science

Structuralism to Pragmatism

From Ontology to Analytical Sociology

The Functions of Logic

Bibliography