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Paradox of Plurality as a better idea

If X is in a zone where there is a rule that while a person has right to have/follow any opinion/view point but is REQUIRED (MANDATORY) to respect (and accept) plurality of opinions as a condition to ...
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Durkheim's stance on socialism

I am aware that Émile Durkheim was by no means unaware of socialist thought, nor unwilling to comment on it, throughout his varied works. Plainly, topics of central concern to Durkheim appear to be ...
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Sources on the rituals and ethical norms of the progressive branch of "American Civil Religion"?

Is there anything written by sociologists about the rituals and ethical norms of the "progressive branch" of so-called "American Civil Religion"? American Civil Relgion is a term ...
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How is Pierre Bourdieu regarded in current academic sociology and social theory?

I understand that this is a very subjective and generalized question. I recently had someone tell me that he’s been dismissed in academia and I was quite surprised to hear that.
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is there a theory of social 'vaccination' against destructive ideologies?

One can notice certain similarities between domains of biology, in which live organisms cope with viruses sociology, where societies cope with destructive ideologies Drawing an analogy, we can ...
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Studies exploring the rationale of gender equality

I've been trying to find books&other scientific material that mentions why the gender equality is important and should be achieved. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Book Recommendation on Understanding a Feudal Society [closed]

I am new to this site, it will be really helpful if you can help me with tags. I live in an area which is classified as a feudal part of the country. I am interested in Philosophy and I have read few ...
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relationship between Michel Foucault and Pierre Bourdieu

As one interested in Sociology, Foucault and Bourdieu, both French intellectuals, are major figures of the discipline in 20th century. Their born year was close, both students of ENS (well, in ...
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Pretending toward a cause to stave off genuine uptake

I’ve been trying to determine if there’s an actual name or phrase for such a concept. Or if there are any examples in history or literature that actually describe or make use of this concept. ...
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What will humanity do IF and when technological progression ends? [closed]

Humans are always looking for the next big thing and since science is everything; much of what humans are amazed by have some basis in science. We aren’t sure if technology will end; but if it does; ...
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Ternary logic of 3-person human relationships?

C.S. Peirce studied ternary (and higher-order, n-ary logic, too) logic in the context of which he called semiosis, an action, or influence, which is, or involves, a coöperation of three subjects, […],...
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Is there any word "Numerical power" in sociology?

I was thinking about how population influences the power dynamics in a polity. The community that has the majority has more say in political discourse. Can we use the term "Numerical power" ...
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Concept and usage of social abuse

If I say to an individual, who belongs to a higher social caste, that I will not help him but only those who are socially outcast and downtrodden, will it be considered as an abuse to the higher caste?...
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Is biological ancestry distinct from race? [closed]

This is not a question about genetics or biology. I am interested in understanding the meaning of race from a sociological perspective. Please focus your answer on the case I give for ancestry and ...
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How Biases and Prejudices Deviate the Philosophy of Peace in round table meeting of world politics

Why do politically strengthened nations deviate from the ideal of peace building and misuse power through bias, prejudice, and subjugation of others towards "peace," but not actual, absolute ...
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Is society deliberately limiting opportunities for a segment of the population to provide workers? [closed]

Whether deliberate or not, given that society needs people to do unpleasant jobs, there must be a way to induce people to take such jobs. People who do such jobs do not make enough money to educate ...
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Who has criticized the scientific field of sociology of religion as secular and Christian?

Which thinkers criticize the scientific field of sociology of religion as being secular and about Christianity? I couldn’t find a stach exchange for sociology. So I ask here.
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Non-traditional (individuals = graph edges) views on societies

In his book Large graphs and graph limits, mathematician and Abel prize winner László Lovász says on page 4: We can say that the whole universe is a single (really huge, possibly infinite) network, ...
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How is Authenticity affected by external influences?

Originally I had titled this as concerning "being yourself" but it appears this concept is already defined in Philosophy as "Authenticity". A few specifics to clarify on ...
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Is Durkheimian critique of Kantian understanding of space and time valid?

In one chapter in The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life and in paper Primitive classification (Mauss also), Durkheim critiques Kantian a priori pure forms of sensibility: space and time; on basis,...
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Pre-theoretic beliefs about non-existence [closed]

In ordinary thought and language there are obviously particulars and it is assumed they usually consist of parts. Ordinary language also supports "generalized, reified properties" (I'd say ...
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Can a subculture be appropriated?

All the examples of cultural appropriation I see involve taking some element out of wider culture, and implementing it in their own. If subcultures are a subset of elements from within a larger ...
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How is Society shaped?

I'm interested in what shapes society? Yes, individuals shape society and society shapes the individual, but I want more detailed analysis. My humble take is: Culture is the most important thing that ...
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What relationship should we have with people in power? [closed]

I'm not sure if this is more fit for here or philosophy stackexchange, but I'll shoot anyway. Suppose there is a village of a hundred people, and the hundred people democratically elect a leader X. ...
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Does the requirement to use preferred gender pronous preclude the participation of people whose faith teaches that gender cannot be changed?

There are numerous cases where the views held by different people clash. Homosexual intercourses are one such obvious example: many religious denominations (for example Catholicism) consider them ...
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Are there any philosophical works on the social meta hierarchies created by technology(the emergence of the internet)?

Since the 1990s many people have been able to interact in ways that were not accessible to them before due to the internet. Since the online interactions differ in many respects from those in real ...
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Is stoicism still relevant in modern world?

As the world with each day is becoming more hyperconnected and communication-centric, will being emotionally enduring and closed up self-destructive in the long-term? Is stoicism still relevant in the ...
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Max Weber's "Gesinnungsethik" definition

I am reading a Portuguese translation of Raymond Aron's "Political Studies" and have came across a reference to "Max Weber's Gesinnungsethik" and as it seems, not understanding ...
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What's the importance that Marx gives to the Class Struggle for the devolopment of societies?

I've reading The Communist Manifesto and I could understand that all changes in the human history societies have been because the struggle of class. but what is his argument? I can't understands his ...
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Question about Marx´s book (German Ideology)

In 'The German Ideology' Marx claims that in his materialist conception of history 'ascends from earth to heaven', unlike the German philosophy of the time that 'descends from heaven to earth'. What ...
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Under what conditions is work alienated?

Why, for Marx, is alienation a condition of work under capitalism? I´ve been reading Marx's texts and I don't understand why.
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Current academics exponents of (classical) liberalism

First of all, I don't want to cause polemic with the question. I know it's a delicate issue and I don't want to touch personal susceptibilities. My question is more on ignorance since I am from ...
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How is it possible that so many people get together, get married, have kids and *then* divorce and break up? [closed]

I have always been fundamentally baffled about this fact, as a male currently in his mid-30s who never managed to attract any female. If this had happened, and we had got so far as to get married, ...
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What's the term for legitimisation of previously socially-unacceptable behaviour by volume of transgression? [closed]

It seems that a tipping point is reached in various social contexts after which an acceptable norm is inverted by sheer volume of transgression. Trivial examples would be: switching from queuing to ...
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I'm trying to identify a rhetorical device

I already asked this question on the writing forum, but I suppose the subject matter is better suited here. Once again, I am writing a commentary on the book of Galatians, while employing a socio-...
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Why are organisations more tolerant about members' alleged misconduct than the rest of society?

Churches (sexual abuse), political parties (anti-semitism, sexism), armed forces (human right trespasses), companies (sexual abuse, fraud), universities (sexual abuse), etc. So often we find ...
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What does it mean to say that physics is a 'masculine' subject (in the West) and not in Palestine? [closed]

According to Dr. Kate Shaw, a British physicist: It is a known phenomenon in the Arab world that the number of women studying physics surpasses that of men, and in Palestine, I saw this most ...
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What is it when someone from some group (ethnic, religious, disability, etc.) can automatically talk for others from it?

Is there a term for being for and against the view that (only) someone from some group (ethnic, religious, disability, etc.) can automatically talk for others from it? It's kind of a political and ...
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Language and Sociology [closed]

Could someone systematically, methodologically, organisedly research Sociology, Civilisation, Culture through Language? I.e The state of Language would be the observation and one would give a ...
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What are the main sources of the social constructivist view in the philosophy of science?

What are the main sources of the social constructivist view in the philosophy of science? I am looking for the main books that introduce or develop this view of science.
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Authors on Social Evolution, Personal Liberties and Corruption

Institutional corruption as been associated with excessive hedonism eg. libertinism. In history there have been recurring cycles in which economic depression has led to the uprising of authoritarian ...
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What characteristics are generally considered traits for perfection?

Assuming it's possible for someone to be absolutely perfect, can we get an idea of what is socially considered "perfect" (in a manner or way that could not be better) through linguistics? For ...
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Hegel's Master Slave dialectic

Can someone briefly explain to me how self consciousness 'Ich bin Ich' becomes the master/slave dialectic and then how this transforms into a self consciousness in general?
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What is the theory called where a person has different behaviors according to the person in front of her?

All my question is in the title : What is the theory called where a person has different behaviors according to the person in front of her ? Example : A woman will react with kindness in front of her ...
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In Hegelian Dialectic is an antithesis ever a shift in the status quo, or only an opposition to the status quo?

I am trying to understand how the Hegelian dialectic evolves over time. I will use tn (where n is a constant integer) informally, such that tn+2 - tn+1 is not necessarily the same duration as tn+1 - ...
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Which kinds of academic revolutions has philosophy of science indentified so far and when?

Recently, I had an interdisciplinary discussion with some friends about Industry 4.0, internet of things,...which brought up the question, which kind of academic revolutions apart from industrial ...
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Does collectivism actually exist?

Does collectivism actually exist? Wikipedia defines: Collectivism is a cultural value that is characterized by emphasis on cohesiveness among individuals and prioritization of the group over ...
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What does ‘Disinterestedness’ mean in the context of Mertonian norms?

With ref to the CUDOS Mertonian norms...I used to think disinterestedness mean’t striving to be objective but I now think the intended meaning was for it to be taken literally.
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Do you know any Medieval philosophers, who have writings on the problem of anomie?

I know that the usage of the term declined in the Middle ages, but I was wondering, whether someone discussed this problem, perhaps referring to it as normlessness.
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Is "class culture" an artificial construct or does it have "natural" motivation?

Is "class culture" an artificial construct or does it have "natural" motivation? A lof of things, at least judging by internet, are associated or measured relative to socio-economic class. However, ...
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