Materialism and Social Inquiry in the Continental Tradition in Philosophy
The concept of materialism is as old as philosophy. In pre-Socratic Greece, elements of materialist philosophy can be found in the “atomism” of Democritus and Leucippus. A concern for the material and contextual elements of social practice can be found in the writings of the Sophists. Materialism, in its various forms, continues to interest scholars today.
Andrew M. Koch
Lexington Books
2,413
Materialism and Social Inquiry in the Continental Tradition in Philosophy
The world has been transformed by a materialist understanding of our social, political, and cultural reality. In the ancient and medieval worlds materiality played a subordinate role to an overt or implied metaphysical sub-current. Human beings were said to have a mission, a telos of perfectibility in either the Aristotelian or Christian sense. A purpose was at the core of the human...
Andrew M. Koch
Lexington Books
8,787
Materialism and Social Inquiry in the Continental Tradition in Philosophy
Immanuel Kant’s legacy is enormous. He has influenced epistemology, moral theory, existentialism, and poststructuralism. His ideas have been criticized, reworked, expanded upon, and vilified. Whether one agrees or disagrees with the Kantian system, it is a model of our reality that cannot be ignored.
Andrew M. Koch
Lexington Books
9,120
Materialism and Social Inquiry in the Continental Tradition in Philosophy
Karl Marx died on March 14, 1883. In the speech delivered at Marx’s graveside Friedrich Engels compared Marx to Charles Darwin, citing the parallels between Darwin’s discovery of the “law of development of organic nature,” and Marx’s discovery of the “law of development of human history.”Friedrich Engels,...
Andrew M. Koch
Lexington Books
10,533
Materialism and Social Inquiry in the Continental Tradition in Philosophy
There are few figures as important as Max Weber in the development of twentieth-century social science. While Weber is not often discussed in the context of furthering a materialist understanding of the world he is actually a very important figure in its development. As I have suggested elsewhere,See Romance and Reason: Ontological and Social...
Andrew M. Koch
Lexington Books
10,384
Materialism and Social Inquiry in the Continental Tradition in Philosophy
For the last 2,500 years, Western civilization has been engaged in an intellectual exercise to lift human beings out of the animal kingdom. Central to this undertaking is the view that human beings, because they have a “consciousness,” are qualitatively different than the other species that inhabit the planet. Their bodies are repositories of this consciousness, the way a bottle is the...
Andrew M. Koch
Lexington Books
9,066
Materialism and Social Inquiry in the Continental Tradition in Philosophy
Poststructuralism emerges in the twentieth century as an intellectual movement that encompasses many of the ideas already discussed in this work and seeks to draw these materialist threads together into a coherent perspective. Poststructuralism adopts the Kantian idea that our descriptions of the world cannot address the questions of essence and remain epistemologically sound. The...
Andrew M. Koch
Lexington Books
10,080
Materialism and Social Inquiry in the Continental Tradition in Philosophy
absolute spiritsee God ,
Andrew M. Koch
Lexington Books
6,929
Materialism and Social Inquiry in the Continental Tradition in Philosophy
Andrew M. Koch is a professor of political philosophy in the Department of Government and Justice Studies at Appalachian State University. He received his PhD from the University of California at Santa Barbara and is a former Fulbright Scholar and Friedrich Ebert Foundation Fellow. His main area of research is continental epistemology and...
Andrew M. Koch
Lexington Books
183