Morphogenesis and Human Flourishing

Part of the series Social Morphogenesis pp 137-161


What Does a ‘Good Life’ Mean in a Morphogenic Society? The Viewpoint of Relational Sociology

  • Pierpaolo DonatiAffiliated withDepartment of Sociology and Business Law, Università degli Studi di Bologna Email author 

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The basic argument of this paper is that, under conditions of radical morphogenesis, a good society is feasible only through a peculiar ‘politics of relationality’. The paper analyzes a plurality of normative logics that support different forms of social morphogenesis and, therefore, different moralities of the good life. The differences between the morality of opportunities according to lib/lab logic and relational logic are highlighted. The Author claims that, in a society conceived as a field of opportunities, the discriminating factor of ‘living well’ becomes the relational or non-relational nature of the good that is sought and realized by the acting subjects. It is a matter of clarifying the modalities with which the good life is relationally generated and which relational outcomes follow from it. Human flourishing can be produced only by a ‘society of the human’. This is a society in which the good life coincides with the creation of relational goods through an ‘agonistic sociability’.


Relational sociology Good life Relational goods Relational logic Relational subject lib/lab logic Agonistic sociability