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Morphogenesis and Human Flourishing

Part of the series Social Morphogenesis pp 63-91

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Reflexivity in a Just Morphogenic Society: A Sociological Contribution to Political Philosophy

  • Ismael Al-AmoudiAffiliated withCardiff Business School, University of Cardiff Email author 

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Abstract

This chapter examines whether, why and how fundamental powers of human reflexivity deserve fuller consideration by liberal egalitarian theories of justice. The discussion focuses on two reflexive powers. Firstly, social reflexivity which can broadly be defined as each person’s capacity to formulate, respond and act on the question: ‘how should I make my way through the social world?’ Secondly, political reflexivity which can broadly be defined as each person’s capacity to formulate, respond and act on the question: ‘how can we steer society together?’

I discuss why each of these reflexive powers matters all the more in the context of a morphogenic society; to what extent they seem to be missing from key theories of justice; what other personal powers are required for the realisation of these forms of reflexivity; and what sort of organisations might be conducive to fostering these powers.

Keywords

Archer Liberalism Nussbaum Political philosophy Rawls Reflexivity Sen Social change