Tag Archive for ‘social theory’

The Impact of Social Theory

The Sociological Review has just published a thought-provoking review of Doug Porpora’s Reconstructing Sociology: The Critical Realist Approach. It gives a lucid, though brief, overview of the book’s core arguments: seven myths which afflict American sociology and seven philosophical counter-points. But… Read More ›

A world without foundations: Politics, society and history in post-foundationalist thought

International Conference —————————————————————————————————— A world without foundations: Politics, society and history in post-foundationalist thought September 23 & 24, 2015 Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago de Chile Keynote speakers: Oliver Marchart (Academy of Arts Düsseldorf, Germany) Martín Plot (CalArts, EE.UU.) ——————————————————————————————————  In… Read More ›

The End of Theorists?

We’ve indirectly linked to this before but stumbling across it momentarily reminded me of how good it is: The End of Theorists: The Relevance, Opportunities, and Pitfalls of Theorizing in Sociology Today

Social Theory Re-Wired

We just discovered this interesting resource produced by Routledge: Social Theory Re-Wired. A rich collection of web-based materials—including interactive versions of key texts, open spaces to write and reflect on readings, biographical sketches of authors, and dozens of supplementary sources—that transports… Read More ›

Time and Reflexivity

In Margaret Archer’s work on Reflexivity, this faculty is seen as mediating between structure and agency. Our capacity to ‘bend back’ upon ourselves, considering our circumstances in light of our commitments and vice versa, constitutes the point at which structural… Read More ›

Social Theory as Optometry

The notion of philosophical under-labouring has been integral to the development of critical realism. It is, as Roy Bhaskar puts it, what critical realist philosophy most characteristically does. The metaphor comes from John Locke but it is deployed in a way that criticises Locke’s philosophical… Read More ›