Pause for Transition

An Analysis of the Relation of Man Mind and Society

  • Bart Landheer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  2. Development of the Basic Approach

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  3. Application of the Basic Approach to Western Civilization

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  4. Reality and Speculation

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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 257-284

About this book


The idea of the present study is basically a simple one. It attempts to reconcile the concept of social evolution with that of the structural unity of Man, an idea that is becoming increasingly dominant in the exact as well as in the social sciences. The idea of structure as it emerges from the social field is applied to the human mind as the ultimate cause of society. While pragmatism interpreted the mind as reacting as a whole, the concept of structure places the relation of Man versus his Environment in a different light, and attempts to determine the possible limits of social development. These problems are analyzed in a number of introductory chapters while the basic approach is illustrated by an analysis of some aspects of the growth of Western civilization. Some fictitious "case-studies" have been added in order to leave room for an imaginative interpretation which sometimes can bring out points which are more difficult to explain in "objective" language.


Age of Enlightenment Hedonism concept emotion enlightenment environment future growth language mind national culture organization present rationalism reason

Authors and affiliations

  • Bart Landheer
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  1. 1.Peace Palace LibraryNetherlands

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science + Business Media B.V. 1957
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
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  • Print ISBN 978-94-011-8597-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-9365-8
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