The Sociogony

Social Facts and the Ontology of Objects, Things, and Monsters


The Sociogony re-examines the social ontology of what Durkheim calls ‘social facts’ in the light of critical and progressive hostilities to the facticity of facts and the necessity of moral absolutes in the shift from bourgeois liberalism to a neoliberal global order. The introduction offers a wide-ranging rumination on the concept of the absolute after its apparent downfall; the chapter on facts turns the problem of external authority on its head and the chapter dealing with the sociogony situates facts in a process of generation, rule, and decay. Drawing heavily on the works of Hegel, Marx, Weber, and Durkheim, the resulting synthesis is what the author refers to as a Marxheimian Social Theory that offers a new map and a stable ontology for the homeless mind.
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Biographical Note

Mark P. Worrell, Ph.D. (2003, University of Kansas), is Professor of Sociology at SUNY Cortland. Worrell has published widely in critical theoretical journals, is the author of several previous books, and serves as an Associate Editor for the journal Critical Sociology.

Table of contents


Introduction: Towards a ‘Marxheimian’ Sociology
Authority and Authoritarianism
Reason and Mediation
The Concept
The Absolute
Ersatz Absolutes
Critical and Ordinary Sociology Circle the Invisible
The Negative Absolute
Networks and Sideways Glances at Jittery Totalities
Marxist Association

Chapter One: The Facticity of the Social
Social Facts
The Impersonality of Facts
Collective Conduct
Collective Consciousness
Collective Emotions and Sentiments
Currents and Crystallizations
Coercion and Authority

Chapter Two: The Sociogony
LARD (Lack, Assemblage, Repression, and Desideration, or, Weird Nature)
Projection and Externalization
Objectification and Internalization
Estrangement, Fetishisitc Reversals and Inversions, or, the Problem with Straw Hats
Reification and Sublation
Alienation and Domination
Derealization and Desublimation, or, Treitschke in Narnia

Chapter Three: A Formal Intermezzo
The Dynamistic Circle
The Inhuman Equivalent



Specialists and advanced students in social and sociological theory, especially those interested in the critical and classical strains, will find this new synthesis of Hegel, Marx, and Durkheim especially compelling with regard to the problems of social ontology and the necessity of moral necessity in the postmodern world.