Introduction: The Good between Social Theory and Philosophy

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Over the past two decades, dark and apocalyptic tones have come to dominate many areas of social and cultural theory. This chapter argues that understanding social life calls not only for focus on the darkness of our current times but also for bringing the question of the good to the centre of social science inquiry as a way of studying the workings of aspirational and imaginative endeavours in people’s lives. Drawing on the history of social theory and a rapidly growing interest in morality, ethics and values within and beyond the social sciences, we present the first interdisciplinary engagement with what it means to study the good as a fundamental aspect of social and cultural life.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWhere is the Good in the World? Ethical Life between Social Theory and Philosophy
EditorsDavid Henig, Anna Strhan, Joel Robbins
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherBerghahn Books
Number of pages32
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-80073-552-1
ISBN (Print) 978-1-80073-551-4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2022

Publication series

NameWyse Series in Social Anthropology

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