A Fourth World: An Anthropological-ecological Look at the Twenty-first Century

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University Press of America, 1997 - History - 118 pages
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This book examines dominant beliefs in the West during the last three centuries and how they shape modernism and postmodernism. The implication of these beliefs from a cultural and ecological standpoint are examined with respect to the limits on rationalism, especially in the sciences, for the next century. This book is the first to tackle the idea of ecological limits and its implications for world cultures during the twenty-first century. This is neither a strict anthropological nor ecological examination of its subject but a combination of the two, as it concerns the post-modern world.Contents: Preface; Concerning Sin and Shadows; Elegant Amnesia; The First True Post-Modern; Denial's Undeniable Pleasures; Time, Place and Ego; I Feel, Therefore I am Afraid; 'Damnable and Detestable Curiosity'; A Daunting Paradox; The Twenty-First Century as a Fourth World.
 

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Contents

Concerning Sin and Shadow
1
Elegant Amnesia
13
The First True PostModern
21
Denials Undeniable Pleasures
33
Time Place and Ego
47
I Feel Therefore I Am Afraid
55
Damnable and Detestable Curiosity
67
A Daunting Paradox
85
The TwentyFirst Century as a Fourth World
93
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Bernard J. James, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he served as Chairman of the Department of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Advanced Study in Organization Science, with programs in Madison and Milwaukee.

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