This book surveys the breadth of mankind's postmodern malaise, which is achieved through a discussion of the major challenges, social and psychological, which every individual faces in the effort to live fully in the twenty-first century. These challenges lay in broadly familiar domains: self- and group-consciousness; common man and his place in a future society in which mental activity dominates; work and leisure; knowledge and values accruing from it, both for self and others; possibilities in education; civilization, with its "Dark Age" phenomena and its dreams of progress; the role of the past in contemporary life; and power, both in society and within the sovereign individual who, though bound by physical and intellectual limits, functions as a seeker after the freedom and self-fulfillment which are so wholly integral to the human condition. And finally a serious question: What fate awaits the perpetual non-conformist, whose views, however unwelcome in his own time and in a contemporary environment, may in fact anticipate future living conditions?
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|Publisher:||Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers|
|Series:||American University Studies Series , #229|
|Product dimensions:||5.91(w) x 8.86(h) x (d)|
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgments - Introduction: Man's Milieu-Happiness, Understanding, Limits - Seeing Forward: Ordinary Man's Clouded Perspective - Collective Consciousness: Industrial Man and the Paradoxes of Social Logic - Common Man and His Critics: From Ridicule and Exhortation to Parity in an Age of Political Correctness - Realities of Work and Leisure: The Question of Psychological Costs - Facts on the Ground: Inequities of a Global Process and Their Human Effects - The Struggle Against Indiscipline: A Psychological Challenge to Middle-Class Society - Education (I): The Unfulfilled Promise - Education (II): Man the Learner: Swimming Against Cultural Currents - Education (III): The Learner and His Cultural Bonds: An Enigma of Modern Times - Can Men Suffer the Worst-And See Beyond the Unattainable "Best" as Well? - Progress vs. The Dark Age Scenario (I): Can Governments "Manage" Poverty? - Progress vs. The Dark Age Scenario (II): Man's Dream of Progress and the Facts of Anti-Progress - The Civilizing Process-A Darwinian Enigma: From Religion to Anti-Religion to Neo-Barbarism - Mankind Evolving: Civilization, Power, the Individual - The Philosophical Future - In Sum: A Foredestined Future: The Philosophical Individual - Bibliography - Index.