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Heidegger and Socio-ontology: A Sociological Reading

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Kohl,  Sebastian
International Max Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy, MPI for the Study of Societies, Max Planck Society;

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Aspers, P., & Kohl, S. (2013). Heidegger and Socio-ontology: A Sociological Reading. Journal of Classical Sociology, 13(4), 487-508. doi:10.1177/1468795X13480647.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0014-BE19-F
Abstract
This paper uses the work and employs the tools of the German philosopher Martin Heidegger to attempt to improve sociology. Heidegger’s thinking is employed primarily to undo a paradox of sociology. Sociology focuses on the social, but starts with the assumption of essentially non-social egos that somehow generate a social world. This ‘egologism’ has caused sociology to occupy itself with a number of pseudo-problems. We argue that Heidegger develops what we call a ‘socio-ontological’ approach, which means that human beings are always already social and dwell originarily in a social world. To present this ‘social foundation for sociology’ is the contribution of this paper.