Towards a sociology of absences and a sociology of emergence

Boaventura de Sousa Santos

This paper makes a critique of the model
of western rationality ­ the model of an
indolent reason ­ and proposes the prolegomena
of another model, that of cosmopolitan
reason. The author seeks to base
three sociological procedures on this cosmopolitan
reason: the sociology of absences, the
sociology of emergence, and the work of

Published 10 February 2003
Original in Portuguese

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