The Social Ontology of Capitalism

  • Daniel Krier
  • Mark P. Worrell

Part of the Political Philosophy and Public Purpose book series (POPHPUPU)

About this book


This book addresses core questions about the nature and structure of contemporary capitalism and the social dynamics and countervailing forces that shape modern life. From a robust and self-consciously sociological framework, it analyzes and interrogates such issues as the nature of the social, the power of the sacred, the social nature of authority, the problem of representation, reification and alienation, utopia, and collective resistance. Marx’s historical materialism and his recognition that "productive functions" were broader in substance than narrow economism remain as vital as ever. This book utilizes that as a compelling guide for continued exploration into the philosophical underpinnings that ground critical inquiry and praxis. 


social ontology capitalism Marxism Durkheim immanent critique realism materialism historical materialism critical theory sociology philosophy political economy political psychology

Editors and affiliations

  • Daniel Krier
    • 1
  • Mark P. Worrell
    • 2
  1. 1.Iowa State University SociologyAmesUSA
  2. 2.SUNY CortlandCortlandUSA

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