The Ephemeral Civilization

The Ephemeral Civilization is an astonishing intellectual feat in which Graeme Snooks develops an original and ground-breaking analysis of changing sociopolitical forms over the past 3,000 years.


Author: Graeme Snooks

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134700035

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 600

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The Ephemeral Civilization is an astonishing intellectual feat in which Graeme Snooks develops an original and ground-breaking analysis of changing sociopolitical forms over the past 3,000 years. Snooks challenges the prevailing theories of social evolutionism with an innovative approach which also looks ahead to the twenty-first century. The Ephemeral Civilization builds on the model of dynamic strategy outlined in the author's highly acclaimed companion volume, The Dynamic Society. The Ephemeral Society is divided into three parts - theory, history and future.

The Ephemeral Civilization


Author: Snooks, Graeme Donald Snooks


ISBN: OCLC:896820496

Category: Civilization

Page: 585

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The Laws of History

This is an original and controversial reflection on the course of human history and a remarkable attempt to develop a scientific model of laws for the social sciences.


Author: Graeme Snooks

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134656219

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 312

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This is an original and controversial reflection on the course of human history and a remarkable attempt to develop a scientific model of laws for the social sciences. It: * considers the nature of laws and the reasons we might expect to find them in history * employs an underlying framework concerning societal dynamics, historical change, and institutional change, which are in fact the laws of history. This volume consolidates the author's previous research in The Dynamic Society and The Ephemeral Civilization.

The Ephemeral Museum

... art and his subsequent book – devoted not only to art but to civilization . ... to explore the whole civilisation of the period by amplifying the ...


Author: Francis Haskell

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300085346

Category: Art

Page: 200

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In this illustrated book, an eminent art historian examines the intriguing history and significance of the international art exhibition of the Old Master paintings.

Saving Civilization

... struggle to save civilization , and devoting himself to ordering language . ... warns against “ agreeable wrong , " the ephemeral 118 Saving Civilization.


Author: Marie Frazee-Baldassarre Professor of English Lucy McDiarmid

Publisher: CUP Archive

ISBN: 0521263182

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 144

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Dr McDiarmid traces the story of the different ideals the poets formulated in response to the fragmentation and anxiety of the modern world.

The Unconscious Civilization

These phenomena can be seen in their truly ephemeral nature when compared to the essential propositions which have been with us virtually unchanged for ...


Author: John Ralston Saul

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780684871080

Category: Philosophy

Page: 208

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John Ralston Saul argues that while Fascism was defeated in World War II, its "corporatist" doctrines powerfully influence our own society today. Saul explores how these corporatist priorities have now become so woven into our social fabric that they threaten the practice of Western democracy. Our civic order, Saul argues, has been remade to serve the needs of business managers and technocrats. In turn, other parts of society have come to mimic this arrangement as they themselves fracture into competing interest groups and ethnic blocs, virtually eliminating the role of the citizen. This largely unseen social order has deep and vexing roots in Western thought. Saul examines how this structure is bolstered today by political and intellectual charlatans who misleadingly describe it as a "common sense" arrangement, rather than what it is: an insidious war of attrition against the individual as citizen and the delicate system of open dialogue and doubt that alone guarantees the future of democracy.

The Selfcreating Mind

In this ambitious and imaginative work, noted social and biological theorist Graeme Donald Snooks explores the origin, development, and role of the self-conscious mind.


Author: Graeme Donald Snooks

Publisher: University Press of Amer

ISBN: 0761835245

Category: Psychology

Page: 315

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In this ambitious and imaginative work, noted social and biological theorist Graeme Donald Snooks explores the origin, development, and role of the self-conscious mind. The Selfcreating Mindwhich displaces the mind hypothesized by psychoanalytic, Darwinian, and complexity theoristsprovides a new perspective on human nature; the origin, nature, and purpose of the self-conscious mind; the reasons for its continuing breakdown in a significant minority of the population; and on the surest road to mental recovery.

Modernity Civilization and the Return to History

3 Beaudelaire provided one of the first coherent statements of modernism, in terms of the eternal and the ephemeral.


Author: Anthony F. Shaker

Publisher: Vernon Press

ISBN: 9781622739813

Category: Philosophy

Page: 586

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The modern concept and study of civilization have their roots, not in western Europe, but in the spirit of scientific investigation associated with a self-conscious Islamicate civilization. What we call modernity cannot be fathomed without this historical connection. We owe every major branch of science known today to the broad tradition of systematic inquiry that belongs to a “region of being”—as Heidegger would say—whose theoretical, practical and institutional dimensions the philosophy of that civilization played an unprecedented role in creating. This book focuses primarily on the philosophical underpinnings of questions relating to civilization, personhood and identity. Contemporary society and thinking in western Europe introduced new elements to these questions that have altered how collective and personal identities are conceived and experienced. In the age of “globalization,” expressions of identity (individual, social and cultural) survive precariously outside their former boundaries, just when humanity faces perhaps its greatest challenges—environmental degradation, policy inertia, interstate bellicosity, and a growing culture of tribalism. Yet, the world has been globalized for at least a millennium, a fact dimmed by the threadbare but still widespread belief that modernity is a product of something called the West. One is thus justified in asking, as many people do today, if humanity has not lost its initiative. This is more a philosophical than an empirical question. There can be no initiative without the human agency that flows from identity and personhood—i.e., the way we, the acting subject, live and deliberate about our affairs. Given the heavy scrutiny under which the modern concept of identity has come, Dr. Shaker has dug deeper, bringing to bear a wealth of original sources from both German thought and Ḥikmah (Islamicate philosophy), the latter based on material previously unavailable to scholars. Posing the age-old question of identity anew in the light of these two traditions, whose special historical roles are assured, may help clear the confusion surrounding modernity and, hopefully, our place in human civilization. Proximity to Scholasticism, and therefore Islamicate philosophy, lent German thought up to Heidegger a unique ability to dialogue with other thought traditions. Two fecund elements common to Heidegger, Qūnawī and Mullā Ṣadrā are of special importance: Logos (utterance, speech) as the structural embodiment at once of the primary meaning (essential reality) of a thing and of divine manifestation; and the idea of unity-in-difference, which Ṣadrā finally formulated as the substantial movement of existence. But behind this complexity is the abiding question of who Man is, which cannot be answered by theory alone. Heidegger, who occupies a good portion of this study, questioned the modern ontology at a time of social collapse and deep spiritual crisis not unlike ours. Yet, that period also saw the greatest breakthroughs in modern physics and social science. The concluding chapters take up, more specifically, identity renewal in Western literature and Muslim “reformism.” The renewal theme reflects a point of convergence between the Eurocentric worldview, in which modernism has its secular aesthetics roots, and a current originating in Ibn Taymiyyah’s reductionist epistemology and skeptical fundamentalism. It expresses a hopeless longing for origin in a historically pristine “golden age,” an obvious deformation of philosophy’s millennial concern with the commanding, creative oneness of the Being of beings.

Civilization Or Barbarism

Marx was amazed by the ephemeral character of Asian formations. This is an error that theoreticians unthinkingly repeat after him, for, if the incongruous, ...


Author: Cheikh Anta Diop

Publisher: Chicago Review Press

ISBN: 9781556520495

Category: Social Science

Page: 440

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Challenging societal beliefs, this volume rethinks African and world history from an Afrocentric perspective.

The Global Crisis Makers

They are the global crisis makers, who have convinced governments to abandon strategic leadership and to impose crippling deflationary policies.


Author: G. Snooks

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780333977989

Category: Political Science

Page: 182

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The author argues that we should not be diverted by the East Asian 'meltdown', which is a predictable outcome of global dynamics. Of real concern, however, is the 'hidden crisis', which has been inadvertently engineered by neoliberal economists who dominate the world's financial institutions. They are the global crisis makers, who have convinced governments to abandon strategic leadership and to impose crippling deflationary policies. By employing the innovative theoretical and empirical work published in his recent series of remarkable books, Graeme Snooks shows how this threat to progress and liberty can be overcome.

Civilizations and Historical Patterns An Approach to the Comparative Study of History

It was the case of the ephemeral success of Napoleon, the slightly less ephemeral ... happened when their respective civilization was 13-14 centuries old.


Author: Neagu Djuvara

Publisher: Humanitas SA

ISBN: 9789735066192

Category: History


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And, in the shadow of the major civilization, before it disappeared in its turn, how many other cultures have perished without a trace? This immense tragedy is being lived now by many cultures, with great intensity. One has to belong to such a culture in course of extinction or dying slowly even before its flourishing, to understand the infinite distress of those who are helplessly watching the inexorable disappearance of their most precious values. With each dying culture, it is a unique flower that is withering never to bloom again, an incomparable fragrance that fades away forever. There is in the smallest idioms, there is in the “Weltanschauung” of the smallest tribe doomed to extinction treasures of wisdom and poetry. Lost…lost for all eternity. In the life of peoples, as in the whole Creation, the most striking thing that actually shocks the mind is the infinite waste of Nature. Those who at present are fortunate enough to belong to the universal cultures, may still live with the illusion of their perpetuity. But for how long? Indead what is left of Ancient Egypt, of Mesopotamia, of Crete, of Mexico and of Peru? And how can we be sure that our conceited race that for centuries extends its domination over peoples and things will not also fall one day in torpor and become apathetic? Neagu Djuvara

The Collapse of Darwinism Or The Rise of a Realist Theory of Life

In effect , Darwin employs an evolutionary institutional argument of the kind that in The Ephemeral Civilization : Exploding the Myth of Social Evolution ...


Author: Graeme Donald Snooks

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 0739106139

Category: Philosophy

Page: 340

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In this provocative work, noted social and economic theorist Graeme D. Snooks exposes fatal flaws in the foundations of the Darwinian theory of evolution, which he deems an "artificial algorithm," as well as the neo-Darwinian synthesis adopted by many social scientists. Utilizing the historical method, Snooks develops a remarkable replacement theory of evolution, which he calls the "dynamic-strategy" theory. While the neo-Darwinian position places too great an emphasis on genetic change-giving rise to untenable but popular concepts such as the "selfish gene"-and fails to explain the fluctuating fortunes of life's most successful species (mankind), Snooks' framework starts by systematically observing the broad patterns of life and human society. The resultant realist theory of life posits life as a strategic pursuit (rather than a game of chance) in which organisms adopt dynamic strategies (only one of which is genetic change) to survive and prosper. Organisms' and species' progress is achieved through "strategic selection"-a concept that displaces the "divine selection" of creationists and the "natural selection" of Darwinists. This new theory reveals the organism as empowered, rather than as the plaything of gods, genes, or blind chance; and it provides a new basis for humanism.

Twentieth Century Western Philosophy of Religion 1900 2000

... of mimesis —from the ephemeral leadersof mundane civilizationstoa God whois ... first and foremost the world wide expansionof western civilization.


Author: Eugene Thomas Long

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9789401140645

Category: Philosophy

Page: 538

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This book provides a historical map of 20th philosophy of religion from absolute idealism to feminism and postmodernism. Dividing the 20th into four eras and eighteen primary strands, the book provides the historical context for the more specialized volumes that follow. This first volume is of interest to those working in the fields of philosophy of religion and theology.

Civilization During the Middle Ages

Especially in Relation to Modern Civilization George Burton Adams ... harried by invading tribes and by revolted troops and the ephemeral emperors of their ...


Author: George Burton Adams


ISBN: IND:32000009070337

Category: Civilization, Medieval

Page: 463

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The Primitive Mind and Modern Civilization

Jung calls this , in order to distinguish it from the ephemeral personal unconscious , the collective unconscious . The common structure of the psyche is ...


Author: Charles Roberts Aldrich

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415209501

Category: Psychology

Page: 249

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First Published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The Complete Story of Civilization

... may only prove the accuracy of his introspection; for no man need expect to find the eternal in himself if he is lost in the ephemeral and particular.


Author: Will Durant

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781476779713

Category: History

Page: 8827

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The Complete Story of Civilization by Will Durant represents the most comprehensive attempt in our times to embrace the vast panorama of man’s history and culture. This eleven volume set includes: Volume One: Our Oriental Heritage; Volume Two: The Life of Greece; Volume Three: Caesar and Christ; Volume Four: The Age of Faith; Volume Five: The Renaissance; Volume Six: The Reformation; Volume Seven: The Age of Reason Begins; Volume Eight: The Age of Louis XIV; Volume Nine: The Age of Voltaire; Volume Ten: Rousseau and Revolution; Volume Eleven: The Age of Napoleon

A History of Chinese Civilization

It was the end of the ephemeral empire of the Western Chin . The famine and the political , economic , and administrative chaos that prevailed in North ...


Author: Jacques Gernet

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521497817

Category: History

Page: 801

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An overview of the Chinese world from prehistoric times to the 1970s emphasizes major trends in society, politics, culture, and intellectual life, and the interaction of China with the other civilizations of Eurasia.