Philosophy: Book Series

Morality, Society and Culture

Morality, Society and Culture

Series Editors:
  • John Carroll
    La Trobe University, Australia
  • Peter Murphy
    La Trobe University, Australia and The Cairns Institute, James Cook University, Australia

The Morality, Society and Culture series invites scholarly explorations of how people in the contemporary world make sense of their lives, and manage to live well.

The series is concerned with studies in Metaphysical Sociology. It focuses on how people create meaningful lives, secure a moral compass, and anchor their identity in complex dynamic modern societies. It explores the contribution of ideas of truth, beauty, and goodness to this.

With metaphysics having taken a cultural turn, opening itself to sociological study and not just philosophical investigation, the series includes works on cultural texts such as novels, films, television programs, music, art, advertising, public events, architecture, video games, and social media, as well as social and economic institutions including work, organizations, markets, households, cities, technologies, and modes of sociability.

John Carroll is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at La Trobe University; and Fellow of the Center for Cultural Sociology at Yale University. His books include Land of The Golden Cities; The Existential Jesus; The Wreck of Western Culture – Humanism Revisited; The Western Dreaming; and Ego and Soul – the Modern West in Search of Meaning. Metaphysical Sociology, a book on his work, was published in 2018. Website:

Peter Murphy is Adjunct Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences at La Trobe University and Adjunct Professor in the Cairns Institute at James Cook University. He is the author of The Political Economy of Prosperity, Limited Government: The Public Sector in the Auto-Industrial Age, Auto-Industrialism, Universities and Innovation Economies and The Collective Imagination: The Creative Spirit of Free Societies.

  • On Guilt

    The Force Shaping Character, History, and Culture, 1st Edition

    By John Carroll

    Guilt is the dark force behind haunting anxiety, obsessive-compulsive behaviour, life meaninglessness, and depression - a force to be kept in check. Yet guilt is equally our richest and most hidden resource, the essence of our humanness, and it drives us on to our highest achievements. Today, when…

    Paperback – 2020-03-25 
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  • Metaphysical Sociology

    On the Work of John Carroll, 1st Edition

    Edited by Sara James

    This volume critically engages with the work of the acclaimed Australian sociologist John Carroll. It makes the argument for a metaphysical sociology, which Carroll has proposed should focus on the questions of fundamental existence that confront all humans: ‘Where do I come from?’, ‘What should I…

    Paperback – 2019-10-17
    Morality, Society and Culture

  • Everyday Moralities

    Doing it Ourselves in an Age of Uncertainty, 1st Edition

    By Nicholas Hookway

    From concerns of dwindling care and kindness for others to an excessive concern with self and consumerism, plenty of evidence has been provided for the claim that morality is in decline in the West, yet little is known about how people make-sense of and experience their everyday moral lives. This…

    Hardback – 2019-05-16
    Morality, Society and Culture

  • Cosmologies of the Anthropocene

    Panpsychism, Animism, and the Limits of Posthumanism, 1st Edition

    By Arne Johan Vetlesen

    This book engages with the classic philosophical question of mind and matter, seeking to show its altered meaning and acuteness in the era of the Anthropocene. Arguing that matter, and, more broadly, the natural world, has been misconceived since Descartes, it explores the devastating impact that…

    Hardback – 2019-03-19
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  • Making a Living, Making a Life

    Work, Meaning and Self-Identity, 1st Edition

    By Sara James

    In a world in which individuals will undergo multiple career changes, is it possible any longer to conceive of a job as a meaningful vocation? Against the background of fragmentation and rationalisation of work, this book explores the significance and meaning of work in contemporary life, raising…

    Paperback – 2019-01-17
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  • The Anxiety of Ascent

    Middle-Class Narratives in Germany and America, 1st Edition

    By Scott Doidge

    This intriguing book re-evaluates a narrative of cultural decline that developed in the wake of Max Weber’s The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. For Weber, and a group of influential sociologists that followed, Western modernity is marked by growing disenchantment with the beliefs and…

    Hardback – 2018-08-31
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  • Sociological Noir

    Irruptions and the Darkness of Modernity, 1st Edition

    By Kieran Flanagan

    Contrary to secular claims regarding the expulsion of religion, modernity does in fact produce unprecedented forms whose understanding re-casts the relationships between sociology and theology. This book explores ‘irruptions’ which disturb modernity from without: fragments or deposits of history…

    Paperback – 2018-04-27
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