The Steps of Man Towards Civilization

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BoD ľ Books on Demand, 2011 - 238 pages
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This book delivers an introduction to the theory programme called structure-genetic sociology. I developed this theory programme in the past 30 years. In the meantime, I have written ten books and numerous articles about the subject. The programme mainly bases on developmental psychology and has worked it out to a theory of the evolution of humankind. It encompasses a theory of social change and social evolution, a theory of the development of economy, society, culture, sciences, religion, morals, law, and manners. The fact of the anthropological evolution of humankind from lower, childlike anthropological stages to more elaborated stages is the most groundbreaking and fascinating fact in all social sciences and humanities. It is the only phenomenon within humanities and social sciences whose relevance and importance corresponds to the fact of biological evolution provided by Darwin?'s evolutionary theory. This fact forms the kernel of the entire theory programme.Structure-genetic sociology is the theoretical heir of the outstanding classical approaches such as the classical sociologies, the classical British anthropology, the ethnology of Lucien L vy-Bruhl, the developmental psychology of Jean Piaget, and the philosophy of symbolic forms of Ernst Cassirer. We can understand these classical achievements only against the background of the more elaborated empirical foundations and theoretical structures of my structure-genetic sociology. It helps to verify, to correct, to develop, and to improve the best traditions of social sciences and humanities. Structure-genetic sociology formulates the essence of three hundred years of social sciences and humanities.
  

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Contents

Preface
7
Introduction
8
Overview on the content of the chapters
21
Classical and modern sociology facing the problem of social evolution
25
Developmental psychology as historical anthropology
40
Crosscultural empirical results on developmental stages
61
The understanding of numbers
76
The mystical understanding of the world
87
Ordeals and oracles
118
Death magic and mishap as doom
127
Nations on different stages of psychostructural development
133
Religion
147
Violence morals and customs
162
Foundations of social change and social evolution
176
Social evolution from stone ages to agrarian civilizations
186
The emergence of industrial society
192

The realistic understanding of dreams
91
Animism
96
Anthropomorphism and trials against animals
102
The belief in metamorphosis
110
Magic
112
Structuregenetic sociology as foundation to sociology and humanities
206
References
221
Books by the author
235
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