Transcending Modernity with Relational Thinking

I: The emergence of aftermodernityBeyond the modern dilemma freedom (lib) vs control (lab): What after?The modern freedom vs control dialectic leads to paradoxes and is challenged by empirical realityAttempts to reconcile freedom and control conducted within modernityLimitations and obsolescence of the libllab paradigmA relational approach to freedom vs control dilemmas in an aftermodern society: possible scenariosSummaryOvercoming the market/state binary codeHow to explain the recurrent system crises?Should we adapt to a Darwinian evolution?Rethinking civil society beyond modernityA relational society needs a “relational state”Summary: a new way of thinking and making societyShedding light on society through a relational (not relationist) gazeWhich sociological look do we need to see the relational society?The issue of the scientific gazeThe relational gazeThe difference between observing and gazingWhat do we mean by “relational”?The sociological gaze needs a relational reflexivitySummaryII: Insights into the morphogenetic changes of social moralityRelational society as a morphogenetic configurationHow do we conceive of society?A theory of social relations and their structureThe relation as generative mechanismThe social relation as molecule of the socialFrom modern to aftermodern relationalityStructural effects and relational effects: the added social value of social relationsSocietal morphogenesis as a surplus of relational formsHow social relations realise social morphogenesisSummaryThe morphogenesis of social moralityWhere the agency/structure debate has failedAil alternative viewThe obsolescence of classic paradigmsWhy relationality matters in generating different moralsThe morality of welfare and its morphogenesisThe societal moral fabric in the era of globalisationSummaryMorality and social networksWho or what is responsible for the market outcomes?Questioning the prevailing explanations of causalityThe market as a black boxThe moral criteria for imputing responsibility: the role of reflexivity and of the relational subjectSummary: can we civilise the market?III: Why and how can the new society be “good”?What does the good life consist of?What is a “good life”?Classical and modern conceptions of human happinessThe opportunities offered by the morals prevailing in modernityHow globalisation redefines the logic of opportunityIn search for a relational logic of happinessThe morality of social relations: empirical examplesWhich eudemonic morality emerges through these phenomena?The relational character of the moral goodSummary: the good life through social relationsThe emergence of new social subjects generating relational goodsIdentity and relationship: “distinguish to unite”The concept of identityHow to connect identity and relationship?Overcoming unrelated thought with relational thinkingRecognising an identity means creating a relationshipWhat is “social” in the relational subject?How the relational subject connects personal and collective identity in the morphogenetic processPerspectives: human identity vis-a-vis post-/trans-huinanIV: The hybridisation of society: shall we forget about its human character?The new scenario of a hybridised societyThe topic and its rationaleThe process of hybridisation of identities and relationsThe emergence of hybridised institutions and organisationsThree scenarios dealing with the processes of hybridisationProspects: Should we abandon the dream of a human(e) society?Can society retain its human qualities and properties?The two currently prevailing scenarios of societal evolutionA third scenarioThe distinction hunian/non-hunian is a transcendental relation containing an enigmaAny humanism requires a certain social ontology of relationalitvWhen a social form can be called human?In the end: confronting the dissolution of humanity with relational thinking
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