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Rethinking the Human and the Social

Towards a Multiverse of Transformations

Ananta Kumar Giri

Our understanding of the human and the social, as well as our realization of these, are in need of fundamental transformations, as our present day use of these are deeply anthropocentric, Eurocentric and dualistic. Human development discourse looks at the human in an adjectival way, so does the social quality approach to the category of the social: neither reflects the profound rethinking both the categories have gone through even in the Western theoretical imagination (for example, the critique of humanism in philosophy and the critique of socio-centrism in sociology). In this context, the present essay explores the ways these two categories are being rethought in Western theoretical imagination and discusses the non-anthropocentric and post-anthropocentric conceptualization and realization of the human, which resonates with non-socio-centric and post-social conceptions of society. The essay also opens these two categories to cross-cultural and planetary conversations and on the way rethinks subjectivity, sovereignty, temporality and spatiality. It pleads for a foundational rethinking of human security and social quality and for creative intertwining between the two with visions and practices of practical spirituality.

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Jaap Westbroek, Harry Nijhuis, and Laurent van der Maesen

make philosophy a kind of universal mathematics, a science in which everything is derived from simple basic concepts through rigorous deduction” (Störig 1959: 4.2). In this way, philosophy and physics merged. Today, the description of reality in

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Peter Herrmann

. Examples for such shift of view are the emergence of so-called realism in philosophy and social science, the emerging interest in issues of sustainability. In other words, if we change our relationship to the “world out there,” the reality itself changes

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Ananta Kumar Giri

Nussbaum, was drawn to poetry, and this can be seen in their poetic styles of writing. He reflected on the German poetry of Hölderlin in his philosophy, but he himself did not write poems; I do not know if Nussbaum also writes poems. 9 But while in the

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meaning of the concepts of property, possession, and democracy in Pipes’s “epistemic world”—of latter of which’s subject is articulated in the philosophy of Michel Foucault (May 2006)—can be questioned: are they still appropriate in the applied epistemic

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Antipoverty Measures

The Potential for Shaming and Dignity Building through Delivery Interactions

Erika Gubrium and Sony Pellissery

There (or Should There Be) a Right to Basic Income? ” Philosophy and Social Criticism 42 ( 9 ): 920 – 936 . doi:10.1177/0191453715625439 . 10.1177/0191453715625439 Dovidio , J.F. , B. Major , and J. Crocker . 2000 . “Stigma: Introduction

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The Rule of Law—A Heuristic Perspective?

Philosophie, Band 8: Die Philosophie der Neuzeit 2—Von Newton bis Rousseau [History of philosophy, vol. 8: Modern philosophy 2—From Newton to Rousseau]. Munich : Verlag C. H. Beck . Sartori , G . 1965 . Democratic Theory . New York : Frederick a

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Laurent J.G. van der Maesen

Calloni, elaborated in the second book on social quality, published in 2001 , is relevant here. She argued the concept of “quality” is a key category in the history of philosophy and logic: Yet quality does not apply only to material things, but to

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Ming-Lun Chung

ontology within the field of philosophy and to focus “events” and “state of affairs” on “structure” and “mechanism” within the field of ontology. Bhaskar’s critical realism and dialectical methodology will be adopted in the analysis of anti-bullying policy

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Laurent J.G. van der Maesen

-called objective reality and the subjective reality people are coping with, so we will dedicate some extra attention to the context of the first article. Harry Nijhuis and Laurent van der Maesen (2000: 139) published a study about the philosophy of modern public