Los Detectives de Boltanski

[José Ossandón reseña el último libro de Luc Boltanski Mysteries and Conspiracies: Detective Stories, Spy Novels and the Making of Modern Societies en Organization. El texto comienza así…]

“When I read Luc Boltanski’s books, I am left with the sensation that I didn’t read one but several books at once. On Justification (co-authored with Laurent Thévenot, 1991 [2006]) was a comparative study of classical political philosophers, an analysis of the moral justifications mobilized in management texts, and an original sociological theorization of situations of public dispute. The New Spirit of Capitalism (co-authored with Ève Chiapello, 1999 [2005]) was at the same time a historical account of the relationship between capitalism and its critiques, a study of the rise of a new project-based type of justification in contemporary management, and a reflection about the challenges faced by critical social sciences after the de-legitimization of the occupational categories stabilized with the consolidation of industrial capitalism. Mysteries and Conspiracies: Detective Stories, Spy Novels and the Making of Modern Societies, Boltanski’s latest book (originally published as Énigmes et complots in 2012) is not an exception in this regard. At least three different books co-exist in this work.”


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