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Social Morphogenesis

Morphogenesis and Human Flourishing

Editors: Archer, Margaret (Ed.)

  • Analyses how the intensification of morphogenesis and diminishing of morphostasis impacts upon human flourishing
  • Defines the conditions for a Morphogenetic society to promote the good life for all
  • Examines the micro, meso and macro aspects of human flourishing
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About this book

This book, the last volume in the Social Morphogenesis series, examines whether or not a Morphogenic society can foster new modes of human relations that could exercise a form of ‘relational steering’, protecting and promoting a nuanced version of the good life for all. It analyses the way in which the intensification of morphogenesis and the diminishing of morphostasis impact upon human flourishing. The book links intensified morphogenesis to promoting human flourishing based on the assumption that new opportunities open up novel experiences, skills, and modes of communication that appeal to talents previously lacking any outlet or recognition. It proposes that equality of opportunity would increase as ascribed characteristics diminished in importance, and it could be maintained as the notion of achievement continued to diversify. Digitalization has opened the cultural ‘archive’ for more to explore and, as it expands exponentially, so do new complementary compatibilities whose development foster yet further opportunities. If more people can do more of what they do best, these represent stepping stones towards the ‘good life’ for more of them.

About the authors

Margaret Archer heads the project at EPFL 'From Modernity to Morphogenesis'. She was elected as the first woman President of the International Sociological Association at the 12th World Congress of Sociology. She is a founder member of both the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences and the Academy of Learned Societies in the Social Sciences and is a trustee of the Centre for Critical Realism. She studied at the University of London, graduating B.Sc. in 1964 and Ph.D. in 1967 with a thesis on The Educational Aspirations of English Working Class Parents. She was a lecturer at the University of Reading from 1966 to 1973. She is one of the most influential theorists in the critical realist tradition. At the 12th World Congress of Sociology, she was elected as the first woman President of the International Sociological Association, is a founder member of both the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences and the Academy of Learned Societies in the Social Sciences. She is a Trustee of the Centre for Critical Realism.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Introduction: Has a Morphogenic Society Arrived?

    Archer, Margaret S.

    Pages 1-27

  • Human Flourishing and Human Morphogenesis: A Critical Realist Interpretation and Critique

    Gorski, Philip

    Pages 29-43

  • Some Reservations About Flourishing

    Porpora, Douglas V.

    Pages 45-61

  • Reflexivity in a Just Morphogenic Society: A Sociological Contribution to Political Philosophy

    Al-Amoudi, Ismael

    Pages 63-91

  • The Morphogenic Society as Source and Challenge for Human Fulfillment

    Maccarini, Andrea M.

    Pages 93-114

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eBook £71.50
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-49469-2
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £89.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-49468-5
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover £89.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-84167-0
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Morphogenesis and Human Flourishing
Editors
  • Margaret Archer
Series Title
Social Morphogenesis
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-49469-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-49469-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-49468-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-84167-0
Series ISSN
2198-1604
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 296
Number of Illustrations
11 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
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