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    A performative framework for the study of intellectuals.Marcus Morgan & Patrick Baert - 2018 - European Journal of Social Theory 21 (3):322-339.
    This article introduces a new, performative framework for analysing intellectuals and intellectual interventions. It elaborates on the strengths of this theoretical perspective vis-à-vis rival approaches and develops this frame of reference by exploring key constituent concepts, including positioning, script and staging. The article then exemplifies the framework and demonstrates its applicability by exploring a public intellectual performance by Jean-Paul Sartre. To conclude, the article reflects on recent shifts in public intellectual performances, especially changes that are relatively durable and connected to (...)
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    Revisiting truth and freedom in Orwell and Rorty.Marcus Morgan - 2015 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 41 (8):853-865.
    This article uses differing interpretations of a thread of narrative taken from Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four as a springboard to exploring the connection between philosophical truth and political liberalism. It argues that while no positive connection exists between realist truth and political liberalism, minimal negative connections do exist between Rorty’s humanistic account of truth and a basic commitment to democratic and liberal frameworks. It sees these minimal connections as limiting in their failure to provide a politics that moves beyond an exclusive (...)
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    Humanising Sociological Knowledge.Marcus Morgan - 2016 - Social Epistemology 30 (5-6):555-571.
    This paper elaborates on the value of a humanistic approach to the production and judgement of sociological knowledge by defending this approach against some common criticisms. It argues that humanising sociological knowledge not only lends an appropriate epistemological humility to the discipline, but also encourages productive knowledge development by suggesting that a certain irreverence to what is considered known is far more important for generating useful new perspectives on social phenomena than defensive vindications of existing knowledge. It also suggests that (...)
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    The responsibility for social hope.Marcus Morgan - 2016 - Thesis Eleven 136 (1):107-123.
    Since representations of social life are rarely separate in their effects from the worlds they aspire to depict, this article argues that as producers of such representations, sociologists are automatically responsible for considering the performative consequences of their work. In particular, it suggests that sociologists have an ongoing normative responsibility to draw out emergent strands of social hope from their empirical analyses. Through a comparison of Rorty, Levitas, and Unger’s different theorizations of social hope, the article argues for a pragmatic (...)
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    The poverty of (moral) philosophy: Towards an empirical and pragmatic ethics.Marcus Morgan - 2014 - European Journal of Social Theory 17 (2):129-146.
    This article makes both a more general and a more specific argument, and while the latter relies upon the former, the inverse does not apply. The more general argument proposes that empirical disciplines such as sociology are better suited to the production of ethical knowledge than more characteristically abstract and legalistic disciplines such as philosophy and theology. The more specific argument, which is made through a critique of Bauman’s Levinasian articulation of ethics, proposes what it calls ‘pragmatic humanism’ as a (...)
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    Book review: Identities and Social Change in Britain since 1940: The Politics of Method. [REVIEW]Marcus Morgan - 2014 - History of the Human Sciences 27 (1):150-154.
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    Book review: Identities and Social Change in Britain since 1940: The Politics of Method. [REVIEW]Marcus Morgan - 2014 - History of the Human Sciences 27 (1):150-154.
    Mike Savage, Identities and Social Change in Britain since 1940: The Politics of Method. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010, xiii + 282 pp., £27.00 , ISBN 978-0-19-958766-7; £68.00 , ISBN 978-0-19-958765-0.
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