Human & social progress toward a more perfect state of shared rule & social justice will require vision & resolve, courage & compassion. While this journey will not be easy, those who have been the beneficiaries of abundance in a world of artificial scarcity must begun to do their part by adopting a postmodern enlightenment predicated on several important principles: (1) children come first; (2) distribution, sustainability, & compassion are the cornerstones of enlightened development; (3) tolerance is indivisible; (4) humanity is one; (5) war constitutes the ultimate evasion; (6) security is the freedom from fear; (7) global bodies must directly represent peoples, not states; & (8) voice must be given to the unheard. M. Maguire
Uniquely, critically interrogates the concept of 'civilization' by asking whether it is still valid in the globalized world economy of the twenty-first century. Includes case studies on the Arab world, Islam, China and Japan.
Autopoietic societies have produced three major images of civilization: the Greco-Roman, the Eurocentric Western, and the Settler Society type. The most important incarnation of the latter to date has been America. This article explores the deep-going differences between American and European ideas of civilization. It examines how the American kind of autopoietic civilization expresses itself in preternaturally distinctive conceptualizations of nature and freedom, life and death, order and chaos, city and ecumene. The article discusses the political and social implications of this.
Fernand Braudel was one of the greatest historians of the twentieth century. A leading member of the Annales school, he rejected a narrow focus on Western warfare, diplomacy, and power politics, and opened up economic and social history to influences from anthropology, sociology, geography, psychology, and linguistics. In the late 1950s, when the Annales approach was widely accepted in French universities, a major reform introduced the study of "the main contemporary civilizations" into the final year of secondary schools. Traditionalists attacked the new stress on the social sciences and eventually triumphed, but Braudel was firmly committed to such changes. This marvelous survey of world history, the last of his books to be translated into English, was originally intended for French "sixth-formers