Theorizing social change

Zheng, R. (2022) Theorizing social change. Philosophy Compass, 17(4), e12815. (doi: 10.1111/phc3.12815)

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In this article I argue that social change deserves to be recognized as an area of philosophical study in its own right. I provide a non-exhaustive overview of existing philosophical work that addresses the problem of social change, alongside a preliminary framework elucidating some key concepts and distinctions for conceptualizing transformative social change. More specifically, I sketch out two broadly opposed approaches to social change — “liberal” versus radical — in order to excavate some assumptions underlying extant philosophical literatures (and popular thinking) about change. I then briefly outline some other fundamental problems common to all processes of social change.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Zheng, Dr Robin
Authors: Zheng, R.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Philosophy
Journal Name:Philosophy Compass
ISSN (Online):1747-9991
Published Online:31 January 2022
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2022 The Author
First Published:First published in Philosophy Compass 17(4): e12815
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons licence

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