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



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ISBN 9780367192532
April 21, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
160 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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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 creativity occurs, it highlights the manner in which epistemic communities share, work on and modify not only the world-imaginaries that they endorse, but also those world-views that they reject or which partially overlap with their own. Through the concept of the social imaginary, the author explores the theoretical interrelations among various metaphysical world-imageries by which we organise our scientific understanding of the world and our expectations of sensory experience, thus shedding light on the manner in which social ontology can inform our practices of sharing belief. A study at the intersection of metaphysics and social theory, Social Imaginary and the Metaphysical Discourse will appeal to scholars of sociology and philosophy with interests in questions of ontology and epistemology.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction to the predicament
  2. Language and metaphysics: outline of a radical critique
  3. Realism, anti-realism and the enigmatic status of meta-ontology
  4. De-naturalizing the ontological discourse
  5. Socialising metaphysics
  6. Tracing and reappraising the imaginary
  7. The ontogenetic model of the constitution of social forms
  8. Sociologising metaphysics
  9. Conclusion

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Biography

Christoforos Bouzanis is a research affiliate at the University of Glasgow and teaches in the School of Social and Political Studies at the University of Edinburgh, UK.