What Goes Around . . .

Cultural Renewal May Be the Next Big Thing

The great Russian social philosopher Pitirim Sorokin argued that great civilizations cycle through three inevitable stages. First is the "ideational" stage, in which spiritual reality is primary; second is the "idealistic" stage, in which the spiritual is synthesized with the material; and third is the "sensate" stage, in which material reality is primary. When a society, such as ours, is in the sensate stage, it is inevitable that, at some point, transcendent ideals will move back to the center, beginning the cycle again.

Sorokin predicted the fall of Western civilization into sensate decadence, followed by the return of a new "ideational" period. Is this possible?...

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #16, Spring 2011 Copyright © 2020 Salvo | www.salvomag.com https://salvomag.com/article/salvo16/what-goes-around


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