Emmanuele Morandi

Experiencing Society

Eric Voegelin’s criticism of sociologism

A cura di: Adalberto Arrigoni
Postfazione di: Maria Gabriella Landuzzi

Collana: Coincidentia Oppositorum
2017, 132 pp.
ISBN: 9788857540375
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The prejudice of thinking at sociology as an “invention” of modern science is still quite common. Sociology, instead, must be rediscovered in the wake of the ancients, inasmuch it concerns men’s “living together” and “coexisting”. The world of polis and modern societies are obviously incomparable, but ancients “discovered” that society is a macroanthropos – a man writ large – and not simply a systemic microcosm, as still represented by a certain obsolete scientistic methodologism. This volume – completed just before the author’s passing – aims at recovering this masterful discovery, revisiting Eric Voegelin’s all-important insights and outlining the basis of a realist social ontology.

Emmanuele Morandi (1961-2015) was Assistant professor at University of Verona (Italy), Department of Philosophy, Education, Psychology. His research field included social theory, social ontology and the relationship between classical and modern sociological perspectives. He was the author of many books and articles, including “The future is behind us. Aristotelian causality and sociological realism”, in Sociological Realism (edited by Andrea Maccarini, Emmanuele Morandi and Riccardo Prandini), Routledge, London 2011 and La società è un “uomo in grande”: per riscoprire la sociologia degli “antichi”, Marietti 1820, Milano-Genova 2010.

Adalberto Arrigoni (1982) is Associate Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University (Centre for Governance, Leadership and Global Responsibility) and Subject Expert in Sociology at University of Verona. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Global Responsibility. He collaborated with Emmanuele Morandi for several years, focusing on an interdisciplinary exploration of sociological realism. His areas of interest cover the relationship between Rene Girard’s mimetic theory and social ontology, and its possible connections with Ivan Illich’s sociological and theological insights.