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Who’s got the power?

Way Back The ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle defined power in a way that remarkably prefigures Sir Isaac Newton‘s three laws of motion. Aristotle says power is The agent causing a change in something The ability or potential in an object enabling … Continue reading


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Poststructuralism – Another label to be avoided?

Poststructuralism could be defined as an approach to knowledge that appeared in the social sciences during the 1960s to 70s as a reaction against or outgrowth of structuralism. The term poststructuralism was most chic within academic circles during the mid-1980s to … Continue reading


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Postmodernism – Not necessarily absurd or without wings

The term postmodernism became popular in the 1970s and 80s but has roots reaching back through the centuries. Social theorists usually try to define concepts through a key set of ideas and parameters. Postmodernism challenges conventional perceptions of “the definition” … Continue reading


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Persona – Age old concept with a whole new twist

Roots of Persona The idea of the persona has been around for ages, with roots stemming back to ancient Greek and Estruscan civilizations. Over the centuries the use of the term has shifted, evolved and, in response to new technologies, … Continue reading


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David Ricardo – With Trump’s pending inauguration, suddenly the old giants become relevant again

David Ricardo (1772-1823) was an English economist, influenced by Thomas Robert Malthus, and often credited along with Adam Smith and John Stuart Mill as a founder of the so-called classical school of economics. Ricardo had learned the art of stockbroking … Continue reading


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Religion – As diverse as peoples of the Earth?

Embed from Getty Images What is religion? With so many different religions out there can we come up with a concise or, for that matter, comprehensive definition? It seems not. In fact, there are many different definitions of religion in … Continue reading


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Reification – Are things always as they seem?

Reification is a sociological, philosophical and literary concept concerning language and symbolization.¹ For Marxist, Weberian and postmodern sociologists, reification also involves social power. It occurs whenever ideas, concepts or theories are falsely assumed to accurately represent some entity or thing. … Continue reading