Presented here is a condensed translation of Alexander Rustow's three-volume Ortsbestimmung der Gegenwart. This monumental work was widely acclaimed by critics throughout Europe as a major contribution to both historical and sociological scholarship. Recognized as one of the foremost exponents of neoliberal thought, and thus as one of the intellectual authors of West Germany's economic miracle," Rustowin his magnum opustried to determine what social patterns and trends of thought enhance the human condition and what other patterns and trends lead to repression and barbarism.
Originally published in 1981.
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Table of Contents
- FrontMatter, pg. i
- Contents, pg. v
- Preface to the English Edition, pg. ix
- Alexander Rüstow (1885-1963): A Biographical Sketch, pg. xiii
- Author's Foreword (1949), pg. xxiii
- Introduction, pg. 1
- Chapter I. The Rise of High Cultures, pg. 11
- Chapter 2. Structural Elements of High Cultures as Conditioned by Superstratification and Feudalism, pg. 35
- Chapter 3. Transfeudal Motive Forces of High Cultures, pg. 97
- Chapter 1. Freedom versus Unfreedom, pg. 131
- Introduction: Separation of Understanding and Feeling, pg. 371
- Chapter 1. Rationalist Tendencies, pg. 373
- Chapter 2. Irrationalist Countertendencies, pg. 479
- Chapter 3. Conclusions, pg. 659
- Notes, pg. 677
- Index, pg. 707