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The Human Condition

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Despite humans’ discovery and re-discovery of dynamic interdependence as our basic condition, we lack a social science built on concepts, theories, and models which reflect that reality. Just as placing humans in their biophysical contexts precludes the need to “re-unite” society and environment, situating people in dynamic patterns of interdependence resolves enduring riddles about the relationship between individual and society which have long constrained thought and speech in ways that obscure the real conditions of our existence. This chapter (along with the next) explores how alternative concepts aid efforts to more accurately understand what “individual” and “society” really mean. Elias’ concept of figuration is introduced as a valuable means of orientation, illuminating the largely invisible networks within which people develop and operate.

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Kasper, D. (2021). The Human Condition. In: Beyond the Knowledge Crisis. Palgrave Studies on Norbert Elias. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

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