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Unbearable Complexity: Utopias of Unity, Utopias of Difference

Author(s): Marta Bucholc
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Instytut Filozofii i Socjologii Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: social complexity; utopia; engagement (involvement); Norbert Elias; history of sociology

Summary/Abstract: Social complexity is one of the main problems which sociology is facing nowadays. The article begins with a short overview of sources of contemporary ideas of complexity, which leads towards a diagnosis of two sociological approaches to complexity, which are called “reduction” and “escalation” of complexity. Next, a short analogy is drawn between the two approaches and two kinds of practical knowledge produced as an answer to the problem of complexity, which are utopias of unity and utopias of difference. The text concludes with an attempt to answer the question whether the engagement (involvement) in our thinking about complexity is not a handicap in our efforts adequately to diagnose the problem.

  • Issue Year: 211/2013
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 19-35
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Polish