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Social Theory: Its Situation and Its Task
     

Social Theory: Its Situation and Its Task

by Roberto Mangabeira Unger, Verso (Manufactured by)
 

Social Theory: Its Situation and Its Task is an introduction both to Unger’s ideas and to the major debates of contemporary social, political and economic thought. Unger shows how the failures of social science and the criticism of such ambitious, deterministic theories as Marxism offer materials for an alternative practice of social understanding.

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Social Theory: Its Situation and Its Task is an introduction both to Unger’s ideas and to the major debates of contemporary social, political and economic thought. Unger shows how the failures of social science and the criticism of such ambitious, deterministic theories as Marxism offer materials for an alternative practice of social understanding. This alternative severs, once and for all, the link between the explanation of social arrangements and the vindication of their necessity.

Unger argues that the disappointment of so many liberal and socialist hopes coexists with unforeseen opportunities to advance progressive commitments. To seize such opportunities, however, we must rethink many of our basic beliefs about society about what it is and what it can become. Social Theory: Its Situation and Its Task shows that what at first seems a circumstance of intellectual and political paralysis turns out to be rich in unrecognized transformative possibility.

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New York Times
Politics sours into the rarefied stratosphere of social theory, striving to realize the highest aspirations of modernity itself. Mr. Unger is thus best understood in relation to contemporaries who reach for similar heights, such as European thinkers Hans Blumenberg, Jürgen Habermas and Michel Foucault.”
From the Publisher
Politics sours into the rarefied stratosphere of social theory, striving to realize the highest aspirations of modernity itself. Mr. Unger is thus best understood in relation to contemporaries who reach for similar heights, such as European thinkers Hans Blumenberg, Jürgen Habermas and Michel Foucault.”—New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844675159
Publisher:
Verso Books
Publication date:
11/28/2004
Series:
Politics Series
Pages:
264
Sales rank:
1,366,785
Product dimensions:
5.37(w) x 8.68(h) x 0.67(d)

Meet the Author

Roberto Mangabeira Unger is one of the leading social and political thinkers in the world today. He is also active in Brazilian politics. Verso has published much of his work: False Necessity: Antinecessitarian Social Theory in the Service of Radical Democracy, What Should Legal Analysis Become?, Democracy Realized: The Progressive Alternative, Politics, and The Left Alternative.

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