A TURKISH SOCIOLOGIST AS A BRIDGE BETWEEN THE WESTERN WORLD AND TURKISH CULTURE: HILMI ZIYA ÜLKEN

 

Dr. Ayhan VERGİLİ

e-mail: ayhanvergili@hotmail.com

 

ABSTRACT

Hilmi Ziya Ülken was a Turkish sociologist internationally recognized for his works in sociology, philosophy and cultural history. He maintained close contacts with foreign sociological institutions and the UNESCO. Presenting papers at international meetings he found the opportunity to convey his ideas to other cultures, while his translations helped other scholarly worksand experiences to be known in Turkish.

Ülken was among the few thinkers who, in the first half century of the Turkish Republic, tried to shape the new state and society with alternative ideas and publications.

Keywords: Hilmi Ziya Ülken, the Turkish sociology, the importance of translation, International Sociology Association, the influence of Hilmi Ziya Ülken on Turkish culture.

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