Michel Meyer's Problematology: Questioning and Society

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In today’s society, everything is in question. The reflexive questioning of modernity has fundamentally problematized society, including philosophy, which has experienced a crisis of metaphysics. Michel Meyer’s problematology answers this crisis by questioning questioning, unfolding a new way of doing philosophy, with special relevance for the study of society. In this first-ever extended treatment of Meyer’s work, Nick Turnbull examines the main features of problematology, including the principle of questioning and the deduction of an original conception of difference, based on the question-answer relationship. Turnbull shows how these insights apply to the philosophy of the emotions, history, meaning, politics, rhetoric and science. He applies Meyer’s ideas to key questions in the philosophy of social science, showing how problematology offers important insights for understanding contemporary society. The book compares Meyer’s philosophy with the work of well-known thinkers, including Bourdieu, Castoriadis, Collingwood, Derrida, Dewey, Gadamer, Heidegger and Lyotard. Turnbull uses problematology and rhetoric to explain how meaning is constructed through practice in the negotiation of social distance.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN (Print)9781472509888
Publication statusPublished - 13 Apr 2014

Publication series

NameBloomsbury Studies in Philosophy
PublisherBloomsbury Academic


  • questioning, Michel Meyer, problematology, hermeneutics, rhetoric, social distance, contingency, social inquiry


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