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Morphogenesis and Human Flourishing

  • Margaret S. Archer
Book

Part of the Social Morphogenesis book series (SOCMOR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Margaret S. Archer
    Pages 1-27
  3. Douglas V. Porpora
    Pages 45-61

About this book

Introduction

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.

Keywords

Human Flourishing and Human Morphogenesis Definition of Human Flourishing Reflexivity in a Morphogenic Society Human Fulfillment in a Morphogenic Society Morphogenesis and Human Capacities Good Life in a Morphogenic Society Morphogensis and Eudaimonia Organizational Morphogenesis Promoting Human Flourishing

Editors and affiliations

  • Margaret S. Archer
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Social Ontology, Department of SociologyUniversity of WarwickCoventryUnited Kingdom

About the editors

Margaret Archer heads the project at EPFL 'From Modernity to Morphogenesis'. She was elected as the first woman President of the International Sociological Association at the 12th World Congress of Sociology. She is a founder member of both the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences and the Academy of Learned Societies in the Social Sciences and is a trustee of the Centre for Critical Realism. She studied at the University of London, graduating B.Sc. in 1964 and Ph.D. in 1967 with a thesis on The Educational Aspirations of English Working Class Parents. She was a lecturer at the University of Reading from 1966 to 1973. She is one of the most influential theorists in the critical realist tradition. At the 12th World Congress of Sociology, she was elected as the first woman President of the International Sociological Association, is a founder member of both the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences and the Academy of Learned Societies in the Social Sciences. She is a Trustee of the Centre for Critical Realism.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Morphogenesis and Human Flourishing
  • Editors Margaret S. Archer
  • Series Title Social Morphogenesis
  • Series Abbreviated Title Social Morphogenesis
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49469-2
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-49468-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-84167-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-49469-2
  • Series ISSN 2198-1604
  • Series E-ISSN 2198-1612
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 296
  • Number of Illustrations 11 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Social Theory
    Philosophy of the Social Sciences
    Quality of Life Research
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