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Intimations of Humanity and the Case for a Philosophical Sociology

Susen, S. ORCID: 0000-0003-0643-1891 (2020). Intimations of Humanity and the Case for a Philosophical Sociology. Journal of Political Power, 13(1), pp. 123-160. doi: 10.1080/2158379x.2019.1701822


The main purpose of this article is to examine central issues discussed by Daniel Chernilo in his Debating Humanity: Towards a Philosophical Sociology (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017). To this end, the analysis is divided into two parts. The first part, in addition to giving a brief overview of the book’s thematic structure, considers some of its key arguments. The second part scrutinizes its most controversial aspects and highlights its principal limitations. By way of conclusion, the paper argues that Chernilo’s study is a powerful reminder of the fact that a truly comprehensive understanding of society requires a critical engagement with the concept of humanity.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Political Power on1 Mar 2020, available online:
Publisher Keywords: human nature, humanism, humanity, philosophical anthropology, philosophical sociology, posthumanism
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > Sociology & Criminology
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