Morphogenesis and human flourishing

  • Archer M
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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. Acknowledgement to the Independent Social Research Foundation; Contents; 1 Introduction: Has a Morphogenic Society Arrived?; Preface; Summary Characteristics of Morphogenic Society; Morphogenesis and Eudaimonia; Why Morphogenesis Does Not Entail Eudaimonia; Equality, Participation and Eudaimonia; Networking Eudaimonia: The Processes of Participation; Conclusion; References; 2 Human Flourishing and Human Morphogenesis: A Critical Realist Interpretation and Critique; Human Flourishing I: Aristotelian Foundations; Human Flourishing II: Critical Realist Foundations and Elaborations. Human Morphogenesis: The Transhumanist ChallengeMorphogenesis and Metaethics; References; 3 Some Reservations About Flourishing; Flourishing and the Case Against Value Neutrality in the Social Sciences; So What's My Issue?; So What Words Are Better?; Is Our Current Trajectory Toward Flourishing?; References; 4 Reflexivity in a Just Morphogenic Society: A Sociological Contribution to Political Philosophy; Introduction: Reflexivity, Side-Lined in Public Debates and Political Philosophy?; The Contribution of Sociological Theory to Political Philosophy. Morphogenic Society: What It Is and Why It MattersWhat Morphogenic Society Is and What It Is Not; The Dimensions of Social Morphogenesis; Are We Currently Living in a Morphogenic Society?; Normative Problems in Morphogenic Societies; Social Reflexivity: How Should I Make My Way Through the World?; Modes of Social Reflexivity: A Very Brief Refresher; The Morphostatic Assumptions of Theories of Justice; The Meagre Assumptions of Theories of Justice on Social Reflexivity; Should Social Reflexivity Be Listed as a Central Human Capability? Injustice Resulting from Unequal Social Reflexivity in Morphogenic SocietyOrganisations Fostering Social Reflexivity in a Just Morphogenic Society; Political Reflexivity: Steering Society Together; What Is Political Reflexivity?; Political Reflexivity vs Social Reflexivity; Political Reflexivity vs Leadership; Some of the Capabilities Needed for Political Reflexivity; Why Political Reflexivity Matters; Why Political Reflexivity Matters All the More in Morphogenic Society?; What Organisations May Help Fostering Political Reflexivity?; Conclusion; References. 5 The Morphogenic Society as Source and Challenge for Human Fulfillment`Good Life' After Modernity? A Missing Link and the Semantics of Decadence; The Morphogenic Society and Its Challenges to Human Flourishing; Skills, Cooperation, and Transcendence: Emergent Forms of the Human Good in the Morphogenic Society; Conclusion. Being (Fulfilled as) Human in the Morphogenic Society; References; 6 Does Intensive Morphogenesis Foster Human Capacities or Liabilities?; Introduction; Human Thriving in the New Millennium; Current Forms of Global Morphogenesis and Their Relationship to Human Thriving.




Archer, M. S. (n.d.). Morphogenesis and human flourishing.

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