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Habitus Beyond Bourdieu: Incorporating Technological, Interhuman, & Ecological Entanglements into the Foundations of Social Ontology
by Strong, Richard Charles, Ph.D., Villanova University, 2018, 373; 13424569
Abstract (Summary)

I aim to situate social ontology within a dispositional paradigm that can accommodate and explain the welter of heterogeneous past, on-going, and future social activities, relations, kinds, and collectives. I defend the claim that social ontological problems are best approached in terms of acquired systems of schemas and dispositions. I go on to argue that the concept of habitus, as developed by Pierre Bourdieu, provides the most promising basis for a social ontological framework though it must be expanded beyond Bourdieu’s narrow interhuman horizon to include a host of non-human and hybrid entities and relations. The result of this research is to further our understandings and explanations of how human societies, values, and activities hang together, how social relations, kinds, and entities fall into looping classificatory matrices and complementary material configurations, and offer clearer targets for social critique.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Thiem, Yannik
Commitee: Theiner, Georg, Wetzel, James
School: Villanova University
Department: Philosophy
School Location: United States -- Pennsylvania
Source: DAI-A 80/06(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, Metaphysics, Philosophy
Keywords: Critical theory, Ecology, Habitus, Social ontology, Social philosophy, Technology
Publication Number: 13424569
ISBN: 978-0-438-82430-0
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