Ontological imagination: transcending methodological solipsism and the promise of interdisciplinary studies

Avant: Trends in Interdisciplinary Studies 4 (2):169-193 (2013)
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This text is a presentation of the notion of ontological imagination. It constitutes an attempt to merge two traditions: critical sociology and science and technology studies - STS. By contrasting these two intellectual traditions, I attempt to bring together: a humanist ethical-political sensitivity and a posthumanist ontological insight. My starting point is the premise that contemporary world needs new social ontology and new critical theory based on it in order to overcome the unconsciously adapted, “slice-based” modernist vision of social ontology. I am convinced that we need new ontological frameworks of the social combined with a research disposition which I refer to as ontological imagination.

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Andrzej W. Nowak
Adam Mickiewicz University


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