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society, Weber’s sociological theory could not account for the different or alternative rationalizations that are increasingly coming to the fore in the history of so-called Third World societies as they evolve or construct their own moder- nities.” (ibid: 266-267, original emphasis) Garuba argues that animism can be understood as an alternative modernity which leads to “a continual re- enchantment of the world” (ibid: 265, original emphasis). He describes this re- enchantment as 3 Garuba does not

produced, legitimized and stabilized, these perspectives merely emphasize the actors involved (but see Ancelovici & Jenson, 2013). I on the other hand, firstly, draw on Science & Technology Studies (STS), including Actor-Network Theory (ANT), to gain an understanding of technologies involved in knowledge production which authorize and legitimate knowledge in policy. Secondly, I posit that STS and world society theory, including newer work that emphasizes the role of comparatively generated ‘horizons’ from theorized and quantified knowledge, explain how knowledge

sympathy (section 3). In the last section (section 4) we will discuss some implications stemming from the adaption of Scheler’s theory to the problem of communication within an interconnected but highly diverse world society. THE LIMITS OF REGULATIVE IDEAS DERIVED FROM NATURE AND REASON Can a specific set of regulative ideas with a particularistic history be generalized as a common, universalistic ground for global solidarity and mutual intersubjec- tive recognition? Or put in other words: do we correctly assume that ethics of common interests and human

, diffused by international organizations2 with the power or influence necessary to press for a consequent localization of those norms. Global sociology is, thus, part of “the rise of institutional structure in world society [defined by] organizational and discursive rationalization” (Meyer, 2014, p. 417). This institu- tional structure takes a concrete local form through a process of localization. This localization has to be understood as “a dynamic congruence-building process” (Acharya, 2004, p. 240). Local norm-takers –that would be administrative staff at the