The Sociogony

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

Author: Mark P. Worrell
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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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.
"Worrell’s ambitious book and his three-volume series is a welcome and important contribution to a sociological landscape that often seems far less visionary than the terrible times demand. Critical sociology of this sort promises a needed antidote." - Michael Strand, Brandeis University, in: International Sociology Reviews 35/2 (2020)
List of Abbreviations

Introduction: Towards a "Marxheimian" Sociology
1. Authority and Authoritarianism
2. Reason and Mediation
3. The Concept
4. The Absolute
5. Ersatz Absolutes
6. Critical and Ordinary Sociology Circle the Invisible
7. The Negative Absolute
8. Networks and Sideways Glances at Jittery Totalities
9. Marxist Association

1. The Facticity of the Social
1. Social Facts
2. The Impersonality of Facts
3. Collective Conduct
4. Collective Consciousness
5. Collective Emotions and Sentiments
6. Currents and Crystallizations
7. Externality
8. Coercion and Authority
9. Irreducibility

2. The Sociogony
1. LARD (Lack, Assemblage, Repression, and Desideration, or, Weird Nature)
2. Ebullience
3. Projection and Externalization
4. Objectification and Internalization
5. Estrangement, Fetishisitc Reversals and Inversions, or, the Problem with Straw Hats
6. Reification and Sublation
7. Alienation and Domination
8. Derealization and Desublimation, or, Treitschke in Narnia

3. A Formal Intermezzo
1. Hyper-Praxis
2. The Dynamistic Circle
3. 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.