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  1. Theorising Modernity: Inescapability and Attainability in Social Theory.Peter Wagner - 2001 - Sage Publications.
    This book argues that sociology has lost its ability to provide critical diagnoses of the present human condition because sociology has stopped considering the philosophical requirements of social enquiry. The book attempts to restore that ability by retrieving some of the key questions that sociologists tend to gloss over, inescapability and attainability. The book identifies five key questions in which issues of inescapability and attainability emerge. These are the questions of the certainty of our knowledge, the viability of our politics, (...)
     
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    A History and Theory of the Social Sciences: Not All That is Solid Melts Into Air.Peter Wagner - 2001 - Sage Publications.
    Divided into two parts this book examines the train of social theory from the 19th century, through to the `organization of modernity', in relation to ideas of social planning, and as contributors to the `rationalistic revolution' of the `golden age' of capitalism in the 1950s and 60s. Part two examines key concepts in the social sciences. It begins with some of the broadest concepts used by social scientists: choice, decision, action and institution and moves on to examine the `collectivist alternative': (...)
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    Interpreting the Present – a Research Programme.Peter Wagner - 2015 - Social Imaginaries 1 (1):105-129.
    Sociologists have increasingly adopted the insight that ‘modern societies’ undergo major historical transformations; they are not stable or undergoingonly smooth social change once their basic institutional structure has been established. There is even some broad agreement that the late twentieth century witnessed the most recent one of those major transformations leading into the present time – variously characterized by adding adjectives such as ‘reflexive’, ‘global’ or simply ‘new’ to modernity. However, neither the dynamics of the recent social transformation nor the (...)
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    Towards a Theory of Synagonism.Nathalie Karagiannis & Peter Wagner - 2005 - Journal of Political Philosophy 13 (3):235–262.
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  5. Multiple Trajectories of Modernity: Why Social Theory Needs Historical Sociology.Peter Wagner - 2010 - Thesis Eleven 100 (1):53-60.
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    Modernity, Capitalism and Critique.Peter Wagner - 2001 - Thesis Eleven 66 (1):1-31.
    The twin theories of late 20th-century societal constellations, functionalist modernization theory and neo-Marxist theories of late capitalism, fell into crisis and disrepute during the 1970s and 1980s. Social theory responded to such double crisis of the theorizing of `capitalism' and of `modernization' by embracing the term `modernity', a term that, almost unknown in social thought before the end of the 1970s, appeared to provide a new common ground in terms of representing the present societal constellation. At the same time, however, (...)
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    Towards a Conceptual History of the Present: Democracy, Rights, and Freedom in the Recent Catalan Conflict.Peter Wagner - 2018 - Social Science Information 57 (4):588-615.
    Reinhart Koselleck showed that the decades around 1800 witnessed a major transformation of political language. Around 1800, the horizon of expectations gained distance from the space of the experiences that human beings were making, and thus possibilities for the future opened up widely. In particular, the future would be the time during which ‘peoples’ would gain their capacity for self-determination, called popular sovereignty. This would occur in two particular versions that crystallized in the course of the 19th century, namely as (...)
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    The Nascent Political Philosophy of the European Polity.Heidrun Friese & Peter Wagner - 2002 - Journal of Political Philosophy 10 (3):342–364.
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    The Resistance That Modernity Constantly Provokes: Europe, America and Social Theory.Peter Wagner - 1999 - Thesis Eleven 58 (1):35-58.
    During the past two centuries, and in particular during the inter-war period, American ways of living and of thinking have become one principal object of European reflections on modernity. This essay explores some of the ways in which the rejection or affirmation of modernity in Europe has been channelled through observations on America. It is argued that the variety of European ways of looking at America also demonstrates the range of forms available to social theory for thinking the social world (...)
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    Dispute, Uncertainty and Institution in Recent French Debates.Peter Wagner - 1994 - Journal of Political Philosophy 2 (3):270–289.
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    Varieties of Agonism: Conflict, the Common Good, and the Need for Synagonism.Nathalie Karagiannis & Peter Wagner - 2008 - Journal of Social Philosophy 39 (3):323-339.
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    Sociology and Contingency: Historicizing Epistemology.Peter Wagner - 1995 - Social Science Information 34 (2):179-204.
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    Liberty and Discipline: Making Sense of Postmodernity, or, Once Again, Toward a Sociohistorical Understanding of Modernity. [REVIEW]Peter Wagner - 1992 - Theory and Society 21 (4):467-492.
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    Action, Coordination, and Institution in Recent French Debates.Peter Wagner - 1994 - Journal of Political Philosophy 2 (3):270-289.
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    Dispute, Uncertainty and Institution in Recent French Debates.Peter Wagner - 1994 - Journal of Political Philosophy 2 (3):270-289.
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    Imagination and Tragic Democracy.Nathalie Karagiannis & Peter Wagner - 2012 - Critical Horizons 13 (1):12 - 28.
    Cornelius Castoriadis is one of the very few social and political philosophers – modern and ancient – for whom a concept of imagination is truly central. In his work, however, the role of imagination is so overarching that it becomes difficult to grasp its workings and consequences in detail, in particular in its relation to democracy as the political form in which autonomy is the core imaginary signification. This article will proceed by first suggesting some clarifications about Castoriadis’s employment of (...)
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  17. 1968-2001: Measuring the Distance.Paul Ginsborg, Luisa Passerini, Bo Stråth & Peter Wagner - 2002 - Thesis Eleven 68 (1):5-10.
    In its first part the article examines visions of the family during 1968 and the succeeding years. It concentrates in particular on alternative visions of the family, both at a theoretical level (as with David Cooper's Death of the Family), and at the level of social history, with the rise and fall of the commune movement. It does so with reference to a methodology which concentrates on relationships, principally those between the individual and the family, between family and between the (...)
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    Violence and Justice in Global Modernity: Reflections on South Africa with World-Sociological Intent.Peter Wagner - 2011 - Social Science Information 50 (3-4):483-504.
    Fifty years ago, around 1960, the widely accepted sociology of modernization divided the world into ‘modern societies’ and societies that still had to undergo processes of ‘modernization and development’. After fundamental criticism of its evolutionist and functionalist assumptions, the theory was widely discredited two decades later. Its demise, though, has left the comparative sociology of contemporary societies with numerous problems. First, modernization theory has not been replaced by any other approach that aims at providing a sociological analysis of the global (...)
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    The Critique of Organized Modernity.Jean Terrier & Peter Wagner - 2006 - In .
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    The Project of Emancipation and the Possibility of Politics, or, What's Wrong with Post-1968 Individualism?Peter Wagner - 2002 - Thesis Eleven 68 (1):31-45.
    The thesis that `1968' resulted in the rise of the individual, on the one hand, and the end of politics, on the other, is critically discussed by interpreting the events of 1968 as a project of emancipation and by distinguishing between the individual and the collective aspects of emancipation.
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    When `the Light of the Great Cultural Problems Moves On': On the Possibility of a Cultural Theory of Modernity.Heidrun Friese & Peter Wagner - 2000 - Thesis Eleven 61 (1):25-40.
    Comparative analysis of civilizations has recently revived and has led into a debate about varieties of modernity. This connection between an empirically defined area of study, `civilizations', and a theme that is predominantly seen as conceptual, `modernity', is a peculiar one and raises crucial questions for any social theory. Can `modernity' be located spatio-temporally among the civilizations? Is it itself a civilization (or the successor to all civilizations), or does it not rather refer to a human condition? This article takes (...)
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    L'Europe comme enjeu politique.Heidrun Friese & Peter Wagner - 2000 - Multitudes 3 (3):51-63.
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    L'Europe en guerre.Heidrun Friese & Peter Wagner - 2003 - Multitudes 4 (4):81-85.
    Europe as a political entity is born with the general public disagreement against the Iraqi war, while governments were divided on that point. Those linked with European opinion are going to build politics together while the others will remain in a corm on market. This new political stage is supported by the global movement.
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    More Beginnings Than Ends. The Other Space of the University.Heidrun Friese & Peter Wagner - 1998 - Social Epistemology 12 (1):27 – 31.
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  25. Violence Against the Democratic State, Abuse of Children: Revising the Collective Memory of `1968'?Heidrun Friese & Peter Wagner - 2002 - Thesis Eleven 68 (1):106-109.
    The thesis that `1968' resulted in the rise of the individual, on the one hand, and the end of politics, on the other, is critically discussed by interpreting the events of 1968 as a project of emancipation and by distinguishing between the individual and the collective aspects of emancipation.
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    Evaluating Science: Opening a Debate.David Jaclin & Peter Wagner - forthcoming - Social Science Information:053901842199302.
    This article briefly reviews the long-lasting commitment of Social Science Information to the critical analysis of orders of knowledge and the conditions for their creation to, subsequently, reflect on the current co-existence of a plurality of orders of justification across society, including the institutions of knowledge production. Furthermore, it suggests that recent social transformations have accentuated an asymmetry within this plurality, namely towards those forms of judgement that operate with quantitative measures and that are geared towards enhancing performance.
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    Social Sciences and Social Transformations.David Jaclin & Peter Wagner - 2017 - Social Science Information 56 (4):499-501.
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    Knowledge and Society: Changing Practices and Persistently Intractable Issues.David Jaclin & Peter Wagner - 2018 - Social Science Information 57 (2):155-158.
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    Measurements and Their Limits.David Jaclin & Peter Wagner - 2019 - Social Science Information 58 (2):221-223.
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    Note From the Incoming Editors.David Jaclin & Peter Wagner - 2017 - Social Science Information 56 (1):3-3.
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    Staking Out Knowledge.David Jaclin & Peter Wagner - 2018 - Social Science Information 57 (1):3-5.
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    Uncertainty and the Prospect of Major Social Transformations.David Jaclin & Peter Wagner - 2020 - Social Science Information 59 (4):539-541.
    This editorial addresses the current public-health emergency and assesses its potential to become an event in the sense of a structure-transforming occurrence. This emergency is briefly compared with climate change and the current challenges to democracy, arguing that all these phenomena point to similar deficiencies in societal self-understanding and socio-political organization.
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    The Stranger in Synagonistic Politics.Nathalie Karagiannis & Peter Wagner - 2008 - In Andrew Schaap (ed.), Law and Agonistic Politics. Ashgate Pub. Company. pp. 147--62.
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    Civil Society and the Problématique of Political Modernity.Jean Terrier & Peter Wagner - 2006 - In .
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    Declining Deliberation: Civil Society, Community, Organized Modernity.Jean Terrier & Peter Wagner - 2006 - In .
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    The Return of Civil Society and the Re-Opening of the Political Problématique.Jean Terrier & Peter Wagner - 2006 - In .
  37. After Justification: Repertoires of Evaluation and the Sociology of Modernity.Peter Wagner - 1999 - European Journal of Social Theory 2 (3):341-357.
    This article presents the moral and political sociology developed by the research group around Luc Boltanski and Laurent Thévenot from its gradual dissociation from the tradition of critical sociology during the 1980s to the present. Taking the major presentation of this approach, De la justification, as the point of departure, the key items of criticism to which this book was exposed are discussed, both in terms of their intellectual merit and in light of the ongoing debates in French social and (...)
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  38. A Sociology of Modernity Liberty and Discipline.Peter Wagner - 1994
     
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  39. Book Review: The Politics of Crowds: An Alternative History of Sociology. [REVIEW]Peter Wagner - 2014 - European Journal of Social Theory 17 (1):119-122.
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    Beyond Serving State and Bureaucracy: Problem-Oriented Social Science in Germany.Peter Wagner & Hellmut Wollmann - 1991 - Knowledge and Policy 4 (1-2):56-88.
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  41. Discourses on Society the Shaping of the Social Science Disciplines.Peter Wagner, Richard Whitley & Björn Wittrock - 1991
  42. Epistemology and Critique.Peter Wagner - 2001 - European Journal of Social Theory 4 (3):284-287.
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  43. Editor's Introduction.Peter Wagner - 1998 - European Journal of Social Theory 1 (2):163-164.
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  44. From Interpretation to Civilization — and Back: Analyzing the Trajectories of Non-European Modernities.Peter Wagner - 2011 - European Journal of Social Theory 14 (1):89-106.
    This article identifies civilizational analysis as one response to a recent crisis in the sociology of large-scale social configurations and explores how far the concept of civilization can go in analyzing the contemporary global social constellation. The reasoning proceeds in four steps. First, a brief review of the recent conceptual debate in social theory and historical sociology leads to the conclusion that concepts such as ‘civilization’ and ‘modernity’ still work with too strong presuppositions about continuity and commonality of patterns of (...)
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  45. Inescapability and Attainability in the Sociology of Modernity: A Note on the Variety of Modes of Social Theorizing.Peter Wagner & Heidrun Friese - 1999 - European Journal of Social Theory 2 (1):27-44.
    It is a background assumption of much of social science - here called modernist social science - that, in principle, there are neither questions that it cannot decline nor answers that cannot be found. Modernist social science does not accept the issues of inescapability and of attainability; they are names for adversaries that need to be fought against. In contrast to modernism in social theory, this article argues that social theory not only cannot succeed in suppressing the questions of the (...)
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    Knowing How to Act Well in Time.Peter Wagner - 2020 - Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 17 (4):507-513.
    Numerous scholars in the social sciences and humanities have speedily analysed and interpreted the COVID-19-induced social and political crisis. While the commitment to address an urgent topic is to be appreciated, this article suggests that the combination of confidence in the applicability of one’s tools and belief in the certainty of the available knowledge can be counter-productive in the face of a phenomenon that in significant respects is unprecedented. Starting out from the plurality of forms of knowledge that are mobilized (...)
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  47. Modernity and Capitalism: Conceptual Retrieval and Comparative-Historical Analyses.Peter Wagner & David Casassas - 2016 - European Journal of Social Theory 19 (2):159-171.
    The terms modernity and capitalism remain in widespread use to characterize contemporary societies, but the distinction between them is much less antagonistic in current social theory than it used to be when a theory of ‘modern society’ was opposed to the theory of ‘late capitalism’. Rather than seeing societies either on an evolutionary trajectory realizing the functionally efficient institutionalization of freedom or as determined by increasing contradictions due to the logics of capital and to class struggle, a key task of (...)
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    On Wars and Revolutions.Peter Wagner - 2007 - In Boaventura de Sousa Santos (ed.), Cognitive Justice in a Global World: Prudent Knowledges for a Decent Life. Lexington Books. pp. 87.
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    Social and Political Philosophy, Historical-Comparative Sociology and the Critical Diagnosis of the Present: A Reply.Peter Wagner - 2018 - Social Imaginaries 4 (2):109-134.
    In reply to the contributions to Social Imaginaries vol. 4, no. 1, this article reviews the development of the research programme that the author has been pursuing over more than three decades. It places the emphasis on the conceptual and methodological requirements for a historical sociology of social change. It insists, on the one hand, on the need to avoid overly strong conceptual presuppositions to analyze social phenomena of large scale and long duration, while, on the other hand, sustaining the (...)
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  50. Survey Article: The Nascent Political Philosophy of the European Polity.Peter Wagner & Heidrun Friese - 2002 - Journal of Political Philosophy 10 (3):342-64.
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