We live in the first generations with enough historical data to detect a pattern of Universal History. The discovery of this pattern, the Eonic Effect, uncovers the evidence for a deep structure resembling punctuated equilibrium in world history itself. The study of history and evolution together shows us something missing in current theories and allows us to infer the existence of non-random evolution in the emergence of man. Combining the methods of complex systems and the philosophy of history, we can create a novel type of historical model, using nothing more than periodization to clock a macroevolutionary dynamic of transitions, in the process throwing new light on the descent of man, and the limits of evolutionary theory.
Starting with the question of turning points in history, we construct our model around the issues and theories of the birth of civilization, the Axial Age, and the enigma of modernity. The result is one of the most comprehensive treatments of historical evolution in print, with a rigorous analysis of the question of historical directionality. The model resolves Kant’s Challenge to find the pattern of Universal History, and includes several detailed outlines of world history, with new insights into the Axial Age, the significance of Classical Greece, Old Testament histories, the emergence of the great religions, globalization, the Industrial Revolution and the economic interpretation of history, the rise of science, the evolution of art seen in the riddle of Greek Tragedy, the theories of Toynbee and Spengler, and much else. Also included are discussions of reductionism and teleology, the evolution of religion, secularism and the Enlightenment, economic theories, the ideology! of revolution, the end of history, and the postmodern phenomenon.
This elegant and simple model can operate on two levels and sort out the endemic confusion of biological and cultural evolution, along with the contradictions of historicism and historical inevitability. This account of the ‘evolution of freedom’ without metaphysics gives us the key to the evolution of consciousness. We see the real evolution of man as the Great Transition, the human passage from evolution to history, in the chronicle of the once and future Origin of the Species, Man.
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Our prime objective is to show that there exists a non-random pattern in the structure of world history. The implications of this discovery are revolutionary and demand a new approach to the question of a science of history. This study uses a new method of periodization to unravel this 'eonic effect'. Historical directionality is a demonstrable feature of this history, and by a simple photo finish argument we can challenge standard views of the descent of man. The book develops an extensive methodology and deals with issues and paradigms of evolution, complex systems, philosophies of Universal History, including Kant's, the effect of ideology on theory, the Oedipus Effect of Karl Popper, historical inevitability and the 'end of history' of Hegel, Zoroastrianism, Biblical Criticism, the enigma of the Old Testament, the nature of religious evolution, the theories of Spengler and Toynbee, Karl Jaspers on the Axial Age, and much else.
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Descrizione libro Xlibris Corp, 1999. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria M0738804282