The Normative Texture of Morphogenic Society: Tensions, Challenges, and Strategies

  • Andrea M. MaccariniEmail author
Part of the Social Morphogenesis book series (SOCMOR)


The fundamental research question examined in the present chapter concerns what norms and values are being destroyed, preserved, or generated anew in the emerging morphogenic society (MS). What normative processes are at work in the context of the structural and cultural landscape of the new world? In other words, how ‘unbound’ is morphogenesis going to be from normativity itself, from its prompts and restraints?

More precisely, the essay examines both the implications of intensified social morphogenesis for social normativity and, conversely, the role played by normativity in social morphogenesis. The former means how morphogenesis is affecting normativity, causing both its disruption (de-normativization, anomie) and its regeneration. The latter means that, depending on what normative processes and contents prevail, the MS will take on different forms and even diverging civilizational paths.

The first part of the essay identifies the principal challenges and foci of tension in the normative texture of society, while the second section develops an argument about the specific case of personal ontology and the related normative challenges.


Normative tensions De-normativization Normative closure Relational ontology Morphological freedom Network normativity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of PadovaPadovaItaly

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