Faculty Profiles

Donald N. LevineDonald N. Levine

B.A. University of Chicago, 1950
M.A. University of Chicago, 1954
Ph.D. University of Chicago, 1957

Office: Gates-Blake 509
Phone: 773-702-7917
Email: dlok@uchicago.edu
Homepage: http://donlevine.com
CV: Curriculum Vita

Donald N. Levine is the Peter B. Ritzma Professor Emeritus of Sociology.

Levine's Current research projects include the forms and functions of dialogue, general social theory, modernization theory, Ethiopian studies, conflict theory and aikido, and the sociology of morality.

Levine's current research projects include the logics and interpersonal dynamics of dialogue, and modernization in Ethiopia.


Dr. Levine serves on the editorial boards of the American Journal of SociologyJournal of Classical SociologyJournal of the History of the Behavioral SciencesTheory, Culture and Society, and the Aiki Thought papers.


Committee on African Studies

Research Interests

CultureSocial Theory, and Transnational Processes.

Selected Publications

Social Theory as a Vocation. Transaction Publishers: Piscataway, New Jersey, August 2014.

"Evolutionary Grades within Complex Societies: The Case of Ethiopia." In Social Theory and Regional Studies, ed. Said Arjomand. SUNY Press Pangaea II: Global/Local Studies Series, 2014.

"Soziologie and Lebensanschauung: Two Approaches to Synthesizing 'Kant' and 'Goethe' in Simmel's Work." Theory Culture and Society 29, No. 2: 1-27. 2012.

"The Dialogue of Civilizations: An Eisenstadt Legacy." Journal of Classical Sociology 11, No. 3. August: 313-26. 2011.

"In Memoriam: Shmuel Noah (S. N.) Eisenstadt (1923-2010)." Theory, Newsletter of the ISA Research Committee on Sociological Theory. No. 1. August. 2011.

"Reconfiguring the Ethiopian Nation in a Global Era." Análise sociale. 41, No. 2: August, 311-27. 2011.

The View of Life, by Georg Simmel. Translation of LEBENSANSCHAUUNG by John Andrews and Donald Levine, With an introduction by Donald Levine and Daniel Silver. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011.

"Adumbrations of a Sociology of Morality in the Work of Parsons, Simmel, and Merton." InHandbook of the Sociology of Morality, ed. Steven Hitlin and S. Vaisey. New York: Springer. 57-72. 2010.

"Simmel's Shifting Formulations Regarding the Antinomies of Modern Culture." Simmel Studies18, No. 2: 239-63, 2008.

"Ethiopia, Japan, and Jamaica: A Century of Globally Linked Modernizations." International Journal of Ethiopian Studies Vol. 3, No. 1, 18-28, 2007.

"Ethiopia's Missed Opportunities–1960, 1962, 1974, 1991, 1998, 2005–and Now: II." 2007. Available at http://donlevine.com/ethiopia

"The Aiki Path to Therapeutic and Creative Intersubjectivity." Lecture at conference on "Living Aikido: Art of Movement, Art of Life," Aiki Institut, Schweinfurt, Germany, May 18, 2007. Available at http://donlevine.com/aikido

Powers of the Mind: The Reinvention of Liberal Learning in America. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006.

"Merton's Ambivalence towards Autonomous Theory-and Ours." Canadian Journal of Sociology31(2), 2006.

"Japan, Ethiopia, and Jamaica: A Century of Globally Linked Modernizations." International Journal of Ethiopian Studies 2(1), 2006.

"Somatic Elements in Social Conflict." In Embodying Sociology: Retrospect, Progress and Prospects, ed. Chris Shilling. Oxford: Blackwell, 2006.

"Modernization and its endless discontents." After Parsons: A Theory of Social Action for the 21st Century, Russell Sage, 2005.

"The Continuing Challenge of Weber's Theory of Rational Action." Economy and Society at 2000, Stanford University Press, 2005.

The Dialogical Turn. Essays in Honor of Donald N. Levine, ed. C. Camic and Hans Joas. Rowman & Littlefield, 2004.

"Dialogues of the Nations: Revisiting Visions and Its Critics." The Sociological Quarterly, 2001.

Greater Ethiopia: The Evolution of a Multiethnic Society, revised edition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000. Amharic translation: Tiliqua Etyopya. Addis Ababa: Addis Ababa University Press, 2001.

"Ethiopia and Japan in Comparative Civilizational Perspective." Passages: Journal of Transnational and Transcultural Studies, Spring 2001.

"On the Critique of 'Utilitarian' Theories of Action: Newly Identified Convergences Among Simmel, Weber, and Parsons." Theory, Culture and Society, 2000.

"Theory and Practice Revisited: Reflections on the Philosophies of Richard McKeon and Talcott Parsons." In Pluralism in Theory and Practice: Richard McKeon and American Philosophy, Vanderbilt University Press, 2000.

"The Idea of the University, Take One: On the Genius of This Place." Talk at the Idea of the University Colloquium, University of Chicago, November, 2000. Available at http://donlevine.com/education