Beyond Civilization to Post-civilization: Conceiving a Better Model of Life Settlement to Supersede Civilization

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Peter Lang, 2006 - History - 203 pages
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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 In the end, this failed civilizational project will eventually be superseded by what Peter Baofu calls post-civilization in future history in the civilizing process?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 In the end, the civilizational project is a failed one, to be eventually superseded by what the author calls post-civilization in future history.
 

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Contents

From Barbarity to Civilization
1
1 The Theoretical Debate on Civilization
18
5 The Trinity of Modernity
25
The Freedom
32
14 Theories on Civilizational Holism
39
Chapter Two The Rationalizing Process
43
1 A Brief History of PreModernity
73
Chapter Three The Pacifying Process
83
Chapter Four The Stewardizing Process
105
1 The Stewardizing Process
120
Chapter Five The Subliming Process
123
1 The Subliming Process
134
From Civilization to PostCivilization
137
Bibliography
187
Index
193
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1 The Polymorphism of Violent Experience
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The Author: Peter Baofu is also the author of Beyond Capitalism to Post-Capitalism (2005), Beyond Democracy to Post-Democracy (2 volumes, 2004), The Future of Post-Human Consciousness (2004), The Future of Capitalism and Democracy (2002), and The Future of Human Civilization (2 volumes, 2000). He earned an entry to the list of prominent and emerging writers in Contemporary Authors (2005) and was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar in the Far East. He had taught as a professor at different universities in Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia, and North America. He finished more than 5 academic degrees, including a Ph.D. in political science from M.I.T., and was a summa cum laude graduate.

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