Beyond Civilization to Post-civilization: Conceiving a Better Model of Life Settlement to Supersede Civilization
The seemingly preposterous thesis that civilization is as evil and as good as barbarity and that civilization will not last is contrary to the conventional wisdom held by many in much of human history. Yet, one needs only to examine human history to see that almost all of the most inhumane chapters have been committed not by those in barbaric hunting/gathering societies, but by those in civilized agrarian, then industrial, and later post-industrial societies – all in the intoxicating name of civilization. The very ideal of civilization seems in deep crisis. Is there something fundamentally wrong with the civilizing process? The civilizational paradox disappears if it is understood that the more developed ( civilized ) a permanent settlement is, the more barbaric it actually is. In the end, this failed civilizational project will eventually be superseded by what Peter Baofu calls post-civilization in future history in the civilizing process? The civilizational paradox disappears, if it understood one day that the more developed ( civilized ) a permanent settlement is, the more barbaric it is at the same time. In the end, the civilizational project is a failed one, to be eventually superseded by what the author calls post-civilization in future history.
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From Barbarity to Civilization
1 The Theoretical Debate on Civilization
5 The Trinity of Modernity
14 Theories on Civilizational Holism
Chapter Two The Rationalizing Process
1 A Brief History of PreModernity
Chapter Three The Pacifying Process
1 The Polymorphism of Violent Experience
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