The Problem of Order: What Unites and Divides Society

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Free Press, 1994 - Social Science - 354 pages
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At the end of the twentieth century, many fear that the bonds holding civil society together have come undone. Yet, as the noted scholar Dennis Wrong shows us, our generation is not alone in fearing a breakdown of social ties and a descent into violent conflict.

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THE PROBLEM OF ORDER: What Unites and Divides Society

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A close, challenging look at what—according to numerous philosophers and social thinkers—prompts individuals and societies to converge or separate, from respected New York University sociologist ... Read full review


The Problem of Order from Hobbes to the Present
Order as Regularity and as Rule
Social and Antisocial Elements in Human Nature

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Educated at the University of Toronto and Columbia University (from which he received his Ph.D. in 1956), Wrong teaches at New York University. He is interested especially in social change and social psychology. Much of his work has been an attempt to better understand human nature and its relationship to the structure of society. He contends that sociologists and social psychologists have failed to free themselves from their own perspectives and have thus been unable to gain a truly dialectical vision of human nature.

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