Daniel Chernilo

Daniel Chernilo
Loughborough University | Lough · Department of Social Sciences

PhD in Sociology, University of Warwick

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January 2010 - present
Loughborough University
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  • Reader in Social and Political Thought
January 2010 - October 2016
Loughborough University
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  • Professor of Social and Political Thought
September 2003 - August 2004
The University of Warwick
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  • Lecturer

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My goal in this article is to reconsider current ideas of globalisation, and of the relations between nature and society, by looking at two theoretical programmes of the past four decades. I start by reconsidering Ulrich Beck’s theory of risk society and highlight some of its core strengths and weaknesses. I then revisit more recent debates on the...
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This reference book provides the reader with an exhaustive array of epistemological, theoretical, and empirical explorations related to the field of cosmopolitanism studies. It considers the cosmopolitan perspective rather as a relevant approach to the understanding of some major issues related to globalization than as a subfield of global studies....
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Theorein. Revista de Ciencias Sociales. 19 L a idea de que la crítica es la mejor forma de halago nunca me había hecho demasiado sentido. Sin embargo, esta es la primera vez que mi trabajo es objeto de una disección tan detallada como en las ocho intervenciones que se incluyen en este dossier. imposible responder en detalle a la mayoría de ellas, y...
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This article critically reviews three of the most significant debates in the sociology of nations and nationalism over the past 50 years: (1) the problem of methodological nationalism on the main features of nation-states; (2) the tension between primordialism and modernism in understanding the historicity of nations; and (3) the politics of nation...
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Uno de los atributos comunes de las sociedades modernas es su carácter 'secular', es decir, el hecho de que los principios que orientan sus instituciones sociales y formas de conocimiento se des-anclan del tutelaje de creencias y prácticas religiosas. La seculariza-ción plantea así la interrogante acerca de la fragilidad constitutiva de los órdenes...
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In this intervention, I reply to Simon Susen’s review of myDebating Humanity. Towards a Philosophical Sociology. I am thankful for his detailed reading but contend that this discussion is a missed opportunity. The main thrust of my margument is that sociology is at a critical crossroads: it either goes back to its philosophical roots and develops a...
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At a time of rapid and increasingly uncharted historical change, there is hardly any social domain whose ‘foundations’ are not eroding under our own feet and where the future, to the extent that we are brave enough to talk about it, looks less rather than more like the present. From social movements to the legitimacy of democratic institutions, fr...
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Robert Fine was among the most original social theorists in Britain of the past 30 years, and the aim of this paper is to offer a first systematic assessment of his intellectual contribution. There are sound intellectual reasons to explore Fine's scholarship. He maintained a problematic relation with mainstream sociology and, against the reduction...
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This interview explores the key themes and ideas in Daniel Chernilo’s recent book Debating Humanity: Towards a Philosophical Sociology (2017). It is a hugely ambitious book that tackles a range of questions around the notion of humanity and the category of the human. Drawing on a wide range of thinkers, the book pushes at a number of far-reaching i...
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This is a book review of Austin Harrington German Cosmopolitan Social Thought and the Idea of the West: Voices from Weimar , Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2016. ISBN: 9781107110915. This paper is in closed access until 9th March 2019.
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The Anthropocene debate is among the ambitious scientific programmes of the past 15 or 20 years. Its main arguments is that, from a geological point of view, humans are to be seen as a major force of nature so that our current geological epoch is depicted as dominated by human activity. The Anthropocene has slowly become a contemporary meta-narrati...
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The main aim of this article is to offer a sociological concept of crisis that, defined as the expected yet non-lineal outcome of the internal dynamics of modern societies, builds on the synergies between critical theory and systems theory. It contends that, notwithstanding important differences, both traditions concur in addressing crises as a for...
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Este breve ensayo explora las relaciones entre la sociología y la filosofía a partir de la pregunta por lo humano. El texto está divido en dos secciones. La primera hace una breve reconstrucción de la historia de la pregunta por lo humano durante los últimos cien años. El recorrido se hace en cinco momentos: (1) el surgimiento de la antropología fi...
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This is a reply to Mark Gould and Csaba Szalo's review of Daniel Chernilo's book entitled The Natural Law Foundations of Modern Social Theory: A Quest for Universalism Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013,(ISBN: 9781107009806). It was was prepared in response to the Author Meets Critic Session at the 11th Conference of the European Sociologi...
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This article discusses the ideas of progress and social change in the sociology of Robert Nisbet. It contends that Nisbet is a unique figure in US sociology given his conservative political views, his historicist understanding of social and political thought and his interest in the moral texture of sociological ideas. In terms of structure, the art...
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Resumen El presente artículo estudia las relaciones entre nacionalismo y cosmopolitismo y plantea comprender ambos conceptos como posiciones mutuamente interrelacionadas antes que contrapuestas. Estudiar sociológicamente las versiones modernas del nacionalismo y el cosmopolitismo requiere considerar, filosóficamente, los momentos de particularidad...
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This article introduces the idea of philosophical sociology as an enquiry into the relationships between implicit notions of human nature and explicit conceptualizations of social life within sociology. Philosophical sociology is also an invitation to reflect on the role of the normative in social life by looking at it sociologically and philosophi...
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This article revisits Jürgen Habermas’s long-lasting engagement with the tradition of natural law and argues that his work is unique in the contemporary context because it takes place without seeking to sever all possible connections to natural law. Its goals are then twofold: on the one hand, the article reconstructs what Habermas understands by n...
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Relations between social theory and natural law have not figured prominently in scholarly debates, and the case for their interconnections, which is far from self-evident, needs explicit justification. The aim of this special issue, which is to explore linkages between social theory and natural law, requires that we take a step back and redefine th...
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After several decades in which it became a prime target for critique, universalism remains one of the most important issues in social and political thought. Daniel Chernilo reassesses the universalistic orientation of social theory and explains its origins in natural law theory, using an impressive array of classical and contemporary sources that i...
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Cosmopolitanism is now widely present within contemporary social sciences, having successfully jumped all of the hurdles that new analytical frameworks have to overcome in order to be recognized within the scholarly community. Its historical credentials have been reconstructed and brought up to date (Chernilo, 2007b; Fine, 2003a; Inglis, 2009; Ingl...
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This article seeks to further our understanding of what methodological nationalism is and to offer some insights towards its overcoming. The critical side of its argument explicates the paradoxical constitution of the current debate on methodological nationalism-namely, the fact that methodological nationalism is simultaneously regarded as wholly n...
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This article offers a combined reading of Karl Löwith’s and Leo Strauss’s critique of social theory from the point of view of the natural law tradition broadly understood. Within the context of a growing interest in revisiting social theory’s debt to natural law, the piece seeks to unfold the connections between the two traditions without searching...
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The critique of methodological nationalism first arose in the early 1970s, but it was only with the rise of globalization theory that it gained salience in sociology. We have moved a long way in clarifying what we mean by, and what is wrong with, methodological nationalism and this paper argues that in International Relations the discussion of the...
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Zusammenfassung Der vorliegende Aufsatz versucht die Erkenntnisblockaden der lateinamerikanischen Soziologie, die die Auffassung der Moderne Lateinamerikas in den 19. und 20. Jahrhunderten geprägt haben, zu beschreiben. Drei Erkenntnisblockaden - struktureller, normativer und methodologischer Art - werden identifiziert und als wesentliche Elemente...
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Phase 1. Classical Social Theory: Modernity as a World PhenomenonPhase 2. Modernist Social Theory: Social System and Industrial SocietyPhase 3. Contemporary Social Theory: Towards an Explicit Cosmopolitan ApproachConclusion: Cosmopolitanism's Universalism and its CriticsNotesBibliography
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Este artículo reflexiona sobre el vínculo entre sociología y universalismo. La tesis central del texto es que, en tanto heredera crítica de las teorías del derecho natural del siglo XVII y la ilustración del XVIII, la sociología adopta la pretensión universalista que de ellas y no puede deshacerse de ese horizonte universalista. Pero si no quiere t...
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This article revisits the claim, largely accepted within the sociological community for over thirty years now, that classical sociologists had no clear concept of the nation-state and thus were unable to conceptualize its rise, main features and further development in modernity. In contradistinction to this standard view, which in current debates r...
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Jorge Larraín es posiblemente el más original y prolífico de los sociólogos chilenos de la actualidad. La variedad de temas en los que Larraín se mueve con soltura –historia de las ideas, marxismo, teorías de la ideología, teorías del desarrollo, sociología de la cultura, teorías de la identidad e historia de la modernidad en América Latina–, abord...
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Este artículo indaga en la importancia que el tema del cosmopolitismo ha adquirido en los escritos recientes de Jürgen Habermas. Para lograr ese objetivo, se explican en primer término los fundamentos filosóficos de la pretensión universalista en que se basa el cosmopolitismo. Para ello se reconstruyen los orígenes históricos del cosmopolitismo, su...
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A Social Theory of the Nation-State: the political forms of modernity beyond methodological nationalism, construes a novel and original social theory of the nation-state. It rejects nationalistic ways of thinking that take the nation-state for granted as much as globalist orthodoxy that speaks of its current and definitive decline. Its main aim is...
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This article re-assesses classical social theory's relationship with cosmopolitanism. It begins by briefly reconstructing the universalistic thrust that is core to cosmopolitanism and then argues that the rise of classical social theory is marked by the tension of how to retain, but in a renovated form, cosmopolitanism's original universalism. On t...
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The equation between the concept of society and the nation-state in modernity is known as methodological nationalism in scholarly debates. In agreement with the thesis that methodological nationalism must be rejected and transcended, this article argues that we still lack an understanding of what methodological nationalism actually is and, because...
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Lo propio del conocimiento sociológico es intentar capturar las particularidades históricas, geográficas y culturales del mundo moderno mediante la adopción del punto de vista universalista que permite la idea de sociedad. Hoy en día, a inicios del siglo XXI, eso significa describir la sociedad contemporánea como sociedad mundial: ya no existen reg...
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The equation between society and the nation-state in sociology has been subject to severe criticisms in recent times. This equation has been given the name of ‘methodological nationalism’ and is underpinned by a reading of the history of sociology in which the discipline’s key concept, society, and modernity’s major sociopolitical referent, the nat...
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Este artículo presenta la tesis que la "sociedad" desempeña el rol de un "ideal regulativo" en la sociología; es decir, que la sociedad representaría un objeto de conocimiento necesario e imposible para la disciplina. Esta tesis del rol regulativo de la sociedad en la sociología surge como una crítica al "nacionalismo metodológico" con que las cien...
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Our point of departure is a reservation concerning the validity of cosmopolitan ideas in response to 9/11. Cosmopolitanism in the social and political sciences plays an important role in the reconstruction of conceptual tools, the diagnosis of the current epoch and the creation of new normative standards. Its key motif, however, that of epochal cha...
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The problem of the differentiation of societies is at the core of the sociological imagination about the rise of modernity. In postwar sociology, T. Parsons developed the theory of generalized symbolic media in the mid-1960s to tackle, theoretically and historically, the issue of differentiation. According to him, the interchange media are defined...
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Written by nearly thirty leading scholars working on cosmopolitanism, this reference book provides the reader with an exhaustive array of epistemological, theoretical and empirical explorations related to this field. Drawing upon the ‘classic’ body of literature devoted to this topic from such areas as moral philosophy and normative political sciences and a variety of sub-fields of sociology, this book considers the cosmopolitan perspective rather as a relevant approach to the understanding of some major issues related to globalization than as a sub-field of global studies. As a unique contribution to conceptualizing, establishing, experiencing and challenging cosmopolitanism, each chapter seizes the paradoxical dialectic of opening up and closing up, of enlightenment and counter-enlightenment, of hope and despair at work in the global world while the volume as a whole insists on the moral, intellectual, structural and historical resources that make cosmopolitanism still a real possibility even in these hard times – and not only wishful thinking. Contributors are: John Agnew, Arjun Appadurai, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Daniele Archibugi, Esperança Bielsa, Estevão Bosco, Stéphane Chauvier, Daniel Chernilo, Vincenzo Cicchelli, Vittorio Cotesta, Stéphane Dufoix, David Held, Robert Holton, David Inglis, Pietro Maffettone Sylvie Mesure, Magdalena Nowicka, Sylvie Octobre, Delphine Pagès-El Karoui, Massimo Pendenza, Alain Policar, Frédéric Ramel, Laurence Roulleau-Berger, Hiro Saito, Camille Schmoll, Bryan S. Turner, Clive Walker, Daniel J. Whelan.
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La investigación es financiada por Iniciativa Científica Milenio del Ministerio de Economía, Fomento y Turismo (Proyecto NS130017). Nuestro objetivo general es la identificación y análisis de modos de producción, manejo y predicción de crisis bajo condiciones sociales complejas a partir del caso chileno. Nuestra investigación interdisciplinaria sobre crisis combina análisis sociológico, histórico, filosófico y económico con modelamiento matemático y simulación computacional de sistemas sociales complejos.