Does Intensive Morphogenesis Foster Human Capacities or Liabilities?

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Part of the Social Morphogenesis book series (SOCMOR)

Abstract

Ontogenetically every newborn human has to establish satisfactory and sustainable relations with the three orders of natural reality: Nature, the Practical Order and the Social Order if they are to survive and thrive. Each order has changed greatly since c. 1980 and exacerbates our liabilities: Climate Change threatens humanity with finitude, the Imperative for Growth with commodification, and the expressivism encouraged by the digital surfeit discourages subjects’ commitment to enduring concerns. Their conjunction inhibits the collective generation of relational goods that could promote Eudaimonia amongst humankind.

Keywords

Physical well-being Performative competence Self-worth Climate change Economic growth Expressive reflexivity 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Social Ontology, Department of SociologyUniversity of WarwickCoventryUK

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