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By Shmuel N Eisenstadt

This number of essays presents an research of the dynamics of Civilizations. The procedures of globalization and of global heritage are defined from a comparative sociological perspective in a Weberian culture.

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23 confront the development of new economic strata and new “modern” ideologies. The civilizational frameworks are those of “this-worldly” or combined (and other-worldly Axial civilizations and political regimes) either imperial or feudal imperial ones. When for various historical reasons, such regimes do not develop in these civilizational frameworks, the processes of change as it were, tend to be deflected from the revolutionary route. The concrete outcome, however, of these processes depends greatly on the balance of power between the revolutionary and counterrevolutionary forces and their respective cohesion.

The central aspect of these revolutionary breakthroughs was the emergence and institutionalization of new basic ontological metaphysical conceptions of a chasm between the transcendental and mundane orders. The development and institutionalization of these ontological conceptions entailed the perception of the given mundane order as incomplete, inferior—often as evil or polluted, and as in need of reconstruction. e. in line with the conception of bridging the chasm between the transcendental and the mundane orders, according to the precepts of a higher ethical or metaphysical order or vision.

PART ONE THEORETICAL APPROACH This page intentionally left blank INTRODUCTION TO SECTION I, “THEORETICAL APPROACH” In this section are brought together articles which present the major dimensions and problematiques of the theoretical approach on which the comparative studies of civilization and of modernity collected in this volume are based. The first chapter presents some of the basic assumptions of civilizational analyses, the core of which is the recognition of the analytical autonomy and distinction of the process of constitution of the order of meaning, of the “imaginaire” of social formations.

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