This piece is dedicated to Stefan Stern, who picked up on – and ran with – a remark I made at this year’s Brain Bar Budapest, concerning the need for a ‘value-added’ account of being ‘human’ in a world in… Read More ›
Rethinking The World is a new regular column by Prakash Kona
One problem that we have as teachers of sociology and social theory is that we are so quick to assert our authority that we end up inhibiting the honest and probing questions from our supposedly ignorant students. Nevertheless, these questions… Read More ›
I’ve always found Andrew Abbott an intriguing figure. He’s someone I’ve come across in a diverse range of contexts: methodology, computational science, sociological writing, meta-theory, research methods, the sociology of higher education and information systems. Looking through his website, I… Read More ›
HT Paul Raymont for this engaging introduction to the fascinating topic of neurophilosophy:
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The increasing prominence of the category ‘millennial’ irritates me. I thought this was a sociological objection. As this superb n+1 essay observes, the category builds systemic conditions into the dispositions of the generational cohort and so disguises the former through… Read More ›
Don’t we need to take into account a researcher’s philosophical presuppositions amid calls for greater research replicability?
by John-Paul Smiley Calls for greater replicability in social research are seemingly increasing by the day. The issue has garnered renewed attention in light of the LaCour incident and has prompted a flurry of debate across both traditional and new… Read More ›
This might be a bit mystifying to non-UK readers but Jeremy Corbyn, a left-wing politician likely to be the new leader of the British Labour Party, has provoked what we might call an enthusiastic reaction in the British media. In… Read More ›
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However much it offends their narcissistic natures, most academics are disciples of one or maybe 2-3 masters. This applies across all the disciplines, though the nature of the discipleship differs among them. In the human sciences, which tend to collapse… Read More ›
by Daniel Chernilo (featured in the newsletter of the European Sociological Association, Summer 2015 Issue 38) In this short intervention, I offer a plea for sociology’s reengagement with philosophy. To be sure, the extent to which their ties have severed… Read More ›
An excellent piece on Democrat Audit looking at the role of the ‘reasonable technocrat’ in the unfolding of the crisis in Europe. It’s important to analyse the moral underpinnings of technocratic discourse, looking at what makes it plausible and important to those… Read More ›
Katy Sian’s brilliant response to Max Farrar’s attempts to vilify human rights organisation CAGE: “Alas Max Farrar, the difficulty of your approach is that you consistently fail to accept that collective identities are not predetermined and that the process of… Read More ›
by Oliver Bonnington In 1911, John Grier Hibben, who was for twenty years President of Princeton University, wrote A Defense of Prejudice and other Essays; a ‘forgotten’ philosophical text, rarely cited, though recently reprinted. The republishing of a book can… Read More ›
I don’t recall ever having seen a comparison between these two figures before. HT Su Oman for flagging up this fascinating paper: Michel Foucault’s ‘archaeology’ and Erving Goffman’s interpersonal sociology are complementary. Both are essential for understanding how classifications of… Read More ›
For those who still don’t know what it is, transhumanism is basically the application of science and technology to amplify the human condition, potentially well beyond our biological default settings. As someone who has increasingly identified with transhumanism since publishing… Read More ›
by Sufyan Ismail With extremism in our midst, David Cameron unveils a 5-year plan, with four planks, to tackle one major extremism threat. David Cameron’s speech on his 5-year plan to tackle extremism covered a huge amount of ground to… Read More ›
AND DREAMS SHALL TAKE REVENGE – TRAILER from Theopi Skarlatos on Vimeo.
It is that time of year again: Muslims around the world are fasting during Ramadan in the lead up to Eid ul Fitr. The #ShareRamadan concept has long existed as older generations of Muslims have shared their food with their… Read More ›
This feature in Vice I produced with my friend Holly Falconer was discussed in this interesting Slate podcast: (edit to add: turns out we weren’t discussed at all, only included as supplementary reading. oh well!)