By Sarah Irwin
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During this vital and hugely unique publication, position, commonality and judgment give you the framework during which works crucial to the Greek philosophical and literary culture are usefully positioned and reinterpreted. Greek existence, it may be argued, used to be outlined by way of the interconnection of position, commonality and judgment.
In seinen neueren Veröffentlichungen tritt Jürgen Habermas immer wieder als prominenter Kritiker von Naturalismus und Szientismus auf. Er will die kommunikative Vernunft vor ihrer Reduktion auf die instrumentelle bewahren, ohne dabei hinter die Voraussetzungen dessen zurückzufallen, was once er nachmetaphysisches Denken nennt.
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Social conﬁguration refers to an historically speciﬁc conﬁguration of social relations, interconnections and hierarchy, and values, identifications and claims which are linked, in contingent ways. This deﬁnition operates with a particular metaphor of society. Diverse groups occupy and comprise spaces within a broader social space. Differently positioned they reveal patterns of difference and hierarchy, which result from historically speciﬁc processes. Subjective identiﬁcations link to the speciﬁc contexts in which they are forged.
It may be that a misrecognised facet of felt identity becomes politicised, and becomes a more salient aspect of a person’s overall identity. In contrast, people are often not particularly reﬂexive about aspects of their social location, and operate as practitioners in their social behaviours and interactions, rather than theorists. Precisely how diverse interpretations relate to people’s social position is a particularly interesting question. To sufﬁciently understand the links between general social relations and the identiﬁcations, perceptions and evaluations of individual social actors we need to be able to move between levels of analysis which relate directly to the processes under consideration.
Speciﬁc conﬁgurations are themselves shaped, and reproduced, through historical and social processes which include routinised social actions, implicit assumptions and overt claims. Speciﬁc patterns of diversity and inequality are perceived and constructed as meaningful in particular ways. These perceptions and constructions may mean that difference and hierarchy is naturalised; it may be seen as socially made but immutable; or it may be contested; these different perspectives may result in different kinds of action which shape and reshape social relations and institutions.