Culture And Civilization

Overview

This second volume in this new series aims to anchor the 21st century in the tradition of the new, to raise methodology into historiography. As the new millennium develops, it is becoming evident that science and society are critical pivots in the formation of a larger mosaic of culture and civilization. A tradition has developed and refuses to dissolve under the withering aspect of analysis. Whether flying under the banner of Arthur Lovejoy, George F. Kennan, Pitirim Sorokin, Arnold Toynbee, Alexander ...

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Overview

This second volume in this new series aims to anchor the 21st century in the tradition of the new, to raise methodology into historiography. As the new millennium develops, it is becoming evident that science and society are critical pivots in the formation of a larger mosaic of culture and civilization. A tradition has developed and refuses to dissolve under the withering aspect of analysis. Whether flying under the banner of Arthur Lovejoy, George F. Kennan, Pitirim Sorokin, Arnold Toynbee, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, T. S. Eliot, Thorstein Veblen, and countless others, it has become clear that making sense of the whole, and not resting easy with bits and pieces has become the mission of Culture & Civilization.

This second volume expands upon the initial efforts to deepen the sense of tradition, with outstanding contributions ranging from Charles Murray, The Happiness of the People; Peter Watson, Ideas: A History of Thought from Fire to Freud; Evan Selinger, Ethics and Poverty Tours; Walter A. McDougall, American Policy Traditions in the Middle East; Raymond Ibrahim, Violence in Judaism, Christianity and Islam; Michael Curtis, Israel: Land, Law, and Legitimacy; Marian Tupy, Persistent Poverty in Africa; David Ronfeldt and Danielle Varda, Cyberocracy Revisited; a retrospective by Leo Alexander on Medical Science under Dictatorship; and a series of brilliant new essays on Wyndham Lewis, Jonathan Swift, Max Scheler, and Thurman Arnold.

Culture and Civilization does not embrace idiosyncratic visions of the apocalypse or the end of Western empires. It does attempt to bring together immediate issues and ideas that are substantial and challenging. The essential polarity between democracy and autocracy has now taken on historical dimensions that has now taken on larger, deeper dimensions in different political economic, and ecological terrain of our day is civilization versus barbarism. This second volume is a sober, deeper response to such a challenge.

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Editorial Reviews

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“A splendid selection of essays. And I fully endorse your purpose of trying not to understand individual disciplines in isolation but to achieve the nearest approach to truth by including the insights of all disciplines as they contribute to our knowledge. It is indeed time for synthesis.” –John Silber, President Emeritus, Boston University “What a fine achievement volume 2 of Culture and Civilization is…[I] much enjoyed Charles Murray's piece, though I thoroughly disagreed with it, and have recently discovered Max Scheler for myself, so found Graham McAleer's 'take' most enlightening.” —Professor Peter Watson, Research Associate at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, at the University of Cambridge
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412814539
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/1/2010
  • Pages: 318
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Irving Louis Horowitz (1929-2012) was Hannah Arendt Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Political Science at Rutgers University. He was the founder and served as chairman of the board and editorial director of Transaction Publishers. A prolific writer, he authored more than fifty books, as well as hundreds of articles and essays.

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Table of Contents

Introduction I. Nations 1. The Happiness of the People Charles Murray 2. Are U.S. Foreign Policy Traditions Relevant to the Middle East? Walter A. McDougall 3. Misguided Priorities and Persistent Poverty in Africa Marian L. Tupy 4. Israel and Apartheid Michael Curtis II. Sciences 5. Ideas: A History of Thought from Fire to Freud Peter Watson 6. Medical Science under Dictatorship Leo Alexander 7. Prospects for Cyberocracy Revisited David Ronfeldt and Danielle Varda III. Societies 8. Ethics and Poverty Tours Evan Selinger 9. The Dubious Presumptions of Decline in American Power Karl-Heinz Kamp 10. Then Comes Marriage? Religion, Race, and Marriage in Urban America W. Bradford Wilcox 11. Violence in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam Raymond Ibrahim IV. Intellectuals 12. Wyndham Lewis: A Portrait of the Artist as Ideologue Gabriel R. Ricci 13. Jonathan Swift: The Satirist as Philosopher Peter J. Stanlis 14. Max Scheler: The Eternal in Man Graham J. McAleer 15. Thurman Arnold: The Folklore of New Deal Liberalism Sidney A. Pearson, Jr.

Acknowledgments

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