The sixth annual Centre for Social Ontology workshop took place from the 3rd to 6th January 2017 in central London. The papers will be published as the first in a new volume of books, with full details to be confirmed soon.
Maggie Archer: Bodies, Persons and Transhumans: Why do these Distinctions Matter?
Doug Porpora: Vulcans, Klingdoms, and Humans: What does Humanism Encompass?
Phil Gorski: The Meta-ethics of Transhumanism. Does the ethics of human flourishing provide sufficient leverage to critique radical Transhumanism?
John Latsis: Needs, Wants and the ethics of human enhancement
Pierpaolo Donati: Transcending the Human: Why, Where and How?
Emmanuel Lazega: Transhumanist Interventions: A formula for a divided social order?
Mark Carrigan: The Evisceration of the Human in the Digital Social Sciences
Colin Wight: Death, Dreams and Destruction: the illusions of Posthumanist Warfare.
Jamie Morgan: A.I. and the failure adequately to define the Human
Ismael Al-Amoudi: Dehumanisation and organisation studies
Wolfgang Hofkirchner: Imagined Futures gone astray; An ontological analysis
Professor Margaret Archer is a leading critical realist and major contemporary social theorist. This edited collection seeks to celebrate the scope and accomplishments of her work, distilling her theoretical and empirical contributions into four sections which capture the essence and trajectory of her research over almost four decades. Long fascinated with the problem of structure and agency, Archer’s work has constituted a decade-long engagement with this perennial issue of social thought. However, in spite of the deep interconnections that unify her body of work, it is rarely treated as a coherent whole. This is doubtless in part due to the unforgiving rigour of her arguments and prose, but also a byproduct of sociology’s ongoing compartmentalisation.
This edited collection seeks to address this relative neglect by collating a selection of papers, spanning Archer’s career, which collectively elucidate both the development of her thought and the value that can be found in it as a systematic whole. This book illustrates the empirical origins of her social ontology in her early work on the sociology of education, as well as foregrounding the diverse range of influences that have conditioned her intellectual trajectory: the systems theory of Walter Buckley, the neo-Weberian analysis of Lockwood, the critical realist philosophy of Roy Bhaskar and, more recently, her engagement with American pragmatism and the Italian school of relational sociology. What emerges is a series of important contributions to our understanding of the relationship between structure, culture and agency. Acting to introduce and guide readers through these contributions, this book carries the potential to inform exciting and innovative sociological research.
Find out more on the publisher’s website: https://www.routledge.com/Structure-Culture-and-Agency-Selected-Papers-of-Margaret-Archer/Brock-Carrigan-Scambler/p/book/9781138932944
With the grateful thanks from all contributors to our Book Series on ‘Social Morphogenesis’ for the funding and support that we have received from the ISRF over six years.
Without this help we could not have met in different European cities for the first week in January every year, enjoyed our exchanges immensely and managed to produce a book a year:-
- Archer, Margaret S. (Ed.), 2013, Vol 1, Social Morphogenesis, Dordrecht, Springer.
- Archer, Margaret S. (Ed.), 2014, Vol 2, Late Modernity: Trajectories towards Morphogenic Society, Dordrecht, Springer.
- Archer, Margaret S., (Ed), 2015, Vol 3, Generative Mechanisms Transforming the Social Order, Dordrecht, Springer.
- Archer, Margaret S., (Ed.), 2016, Vol. 4, Morphogenesis and the Crisis of Normativity, Dordrecht, Springer.
- Archer, Margaret S., (Ed.), 2017, Vol. 5, Morphogenesis and the Good Society, Dordrecht, Springer.
Thank you from us all for supporting our independent research and the foundation of the Centre for Social Ontology.
We’re pleased to share Critical Realism and Humanity in the Social Sciences, edited by Klaudia Śledzińska and Krzysztof Wielicki, the first volume in the new Archerian Studies series.
The book is available in two formats: mobi and epub.
We’re pleased to learn that Pierpaolo Donati and Margaret Archer are joint winners of the Cheryl Frank Memorial Prize for The Relational Subject, along with CSO Advisory Committee member Douglas Porpora for Reconstructing Sociology.
10am-5pm, May 24th 2016
R1.04, University of Warwick
Following from a successful initial meeting last year, this event will be the first of a hopefully ongoing series of events aimed at those investigating human reflexivity through empirical research. The ‘internal conversation’ was developed by Margaret Archer as a solution to the problem of structure and agency: a mediatory mechanism that accounts for how society’s objective features influence its members to reproduce or transform society through their actions. Since initially discussed in Being Human, this account of human reflexivity has been developed through a trilogy of books reporting on empirical studies into the distinct modes through which reflexivity operates. This body of work has been used in projects across a range of disciplines and been the topic of much theoretical and methodological debate.
The event is free but registration is essential. If you would like to speak at the event, presenting a work in progress, please register by March 31st with a title and 100 word abstract. If you would like to attend then please register by April 30th.
To register contact firstname.lastname@example.org
June 21st, 10am to 5pm
The University of Warwick
This one day workshop is intended for those currently using or planning to use the morphogenetic approach in their research. In the first half of the workshop, Margaret Archer will give an overview of the morphogenetic approach and its development, as well as address conceptual and methodological questions that participants might have. In the second half of the workshop, there will be plenty of time to present work-in-progress or planned projects, get feedback and discuss with others who are doing similar work.
If you’d like to participate then please e-mail email@example.com with a brief biography and description of your project.