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Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought


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This series explores core issues in political philosophy and social theory. Addressing theoretical subjects of both historical and contemporary relevance, the series has broad appeal across the social sciences. Contributions include new studies of major thinkers, key debates and critical concepts.

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Civilization, Modernity, and Critique Engaging Johann P. Arnason’s Macro-Social Theory

Civilization, Modernity, and Critique: Engaging Johann P. Arnason’s Macro-Social Theory

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Edited By Ľubomír Dunaj, Jeremy Smith, Kurt Mertel
May 12, 2023

Civilization, Modernity, and Critique provides the first comprehensive, cutting edge engagement with the work of one of the most foundational figures in civilizational analysis: Johann P. Arnason. In order to do justice to Arnason’s seminal and wide-ranging contributions to sociology, social theory...

Social Imaginary and the Metaphysical Discourse On the Fundamental Predicament of Contemporary Philosophy and Social Sciences

Social Imaginary and the Metaphysical Discourse: On the Fundamental Predicament of Contemporary Philosophy and Social Sciences

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By Christoforos Bouzanis
April 21, 2023

This book departs from increasingly relativistic approaches to truth in social science and ideas in philosophy that connect truth to the ability of language to fulfil certain ‘real-world’ conditions of objectivity. Pointing to an extra-linguistic level in our cognition at which scientific ...

Science Meets Philosophy What Makes Science Divided but Still Significant

Science Meets Philosophy: What Makes Science Divided but Still Significant

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By Hans Christian Garmann Johnsen
April 19, 2023

The book is an attempt to bring together what are often seen as incommensurable scientific and philosophical positions. Its core argument is that a main reason for the divisions about what constitutes scientific knowledge relates to disagreements on philosophical issues. The book explores what ...

Utopia without Ideology

Utopia without Ideology

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By Ambrogio Santambrogio
March 31, 2023

This book explores and proposes original definitions of central terms in political sociology and social theory, including political culture, imaginary, ideology, and utopia, in a manner that renders the individual definitions consistent with one other as part of a single and general conceptual ...

The Political Durkheim Sociology, Socialism, Legacies

The Political Durkheim: Sociology, Socialism, Legacies

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By Matt Dawson
March 17, 2023

This book presents Durkheim as an important political sociologist, inspired by and advocating socialism. Through a series of studies, it argues that Durkheim’s normative vision, which can be called libertarian socialism, shaped his sociological critique and search for alternatives. With attention ...

Radical Civility A Study in Utopia and Democracy

Radical Civility: A Study in Utopia and Democracy

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By Jason Caro
February 28, 2023

Radical Civility unearths civility’s extraordinary potential by addressing why the virtue has fallen into crisis, recalling the injunctions that transpose utopia upon the stingy politics of likelihood, and by offering a vision of citizens who find purpose in dignifying each other. Jason Caro takes ...

Nation and State in Max Weber Politics as Sociology

Nation and State in Max Weber: Politics as Sociology

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By Jack Barbalet
February 20, 2023

This book shows how Max Weber’s perceptions of the social and political world he inhabited in Wilhelmine Germany were characterized by a nationalist commitment which coloured practically every aspect of his thought, including his social scientific writings and the formulations they expound. ...

Bourdieu's Philosophy and Sociology of Science A Critical Appraisal

Bourdieu's Philosophy and Sociology of Science: A Critical Appraisal

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By Kyung-Man Kim
January 31, 2023

This book explores Pierre Bourdieu's philosophy and sociology of science, which, though central to his thought, have been largely neglected in critical examinations of his work.  Addressing the resultant confusion that surrounds Bourdieu's sociologized philosophy of science, it expounds his ...

Cultural Capital and Creative Communication (Anti-)Modern and (Non-)Eurocentric Perspectives

Cultural Capital and Creative Communication: (Anti-)Modern and (Non-)Eurocentric Perspectives

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By Oana Șerban
January 25, 2023

Inspired by Bourdieu’s thought, this book explores the notion of cultural capital, offering insights into its various definitions, its evolution and the critical theories that engage with it. Designed for use by students and teachers, it addresses the limitations and expansion of Bourdieu's ...

Critical Theory and New Materialisms

Critical Theory and New Materialisms

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Edited By Hartmut Rosa, Christoph Henning, Arthur Bueno
January 09, 2023

Bringing together authors from two intellectual traditions that have, so far, generally developed independently of one another – critical theory and new materialism – this book addresses the fundamental differences and potential connections that exist between these two schools of thought. With a ...

Marx, Engels and the Philosophy of Science

Marx, Engels and the Philosophy of Science

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By David Bedford, Thomas Workman
November 18, 2022

This book expounds the dialectical conception of science largely implicit in the writings of Marx and Engels, offering a sympathetic reconstruction of a philosophy of science commensurate with Marx’s thought. Drawing on a reading of dialectics found in Plato and Hegel, it recasts Marx’s implicit ...

Towards a Sociology of the Open Society Critical Rationalism and the Open Society Volume 2

Towards a Sociology of the Open Society: Critical Rationalism and the Open Society Volume 2

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By Masoud Mohammadi Alamuti
November 30, 2022

This book applies the general theory of critical rationalism in order to develop a new sociology of the open society, in general, and a new analysis of the transition from a closed society to an open society in particular. It presents a criticism of Karl Popper’s analysis of human action for ...

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