• Historical Synergies from Sumerian Temple Economy, Hunter Gatherers, Greek Patriarchal Gods, to Materialist Extreme Individualism: Rappaport, Durkheim, Mannheim, Voltaire, Gasset, Nietzsche

    Charles Peck Jr (see profile)
    Cultural Studies, Early Modern History, Philosophy of Religion, Political Philosophy & Theory, Religious Studies
    Mannheim, Karl, 1893-1947, Culture, Ethnology, Historical materialism, Dialectical materialism, Social cognitive theory, Social perception
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    Historical Synergy: Mannheim holds that historical and political thought is determined by the socio-historical location of the thinker and the political aspirations and material ambitions of the group or groups to which he belongs. 2. Prehistoric Artic Hunter-Gatherer Synergy of Beliefs in Animal Spirits w/ Economic-Political Realities Erica Hill states, “First, prey animals, including bear, walrus and whale, were perceived as agential beings who interacted with humans as persons; they were sentient social equals capable of deciding whether to favour humans by allowing themselves to be taken. Human hunters engaged with prey animals on a regular, perhaps daily, basis. 3. Totemic Societies: Native Americans and Australian Aborigines - Hunter-Gatherer Worldviews in Terms of a Harmonious-Cooperative Embracing Nature 4. Ancient Greek Religion and the Hierarchy of gods as a patriarchal bickering family - a reflection of the political reality from ancient Greek Mycenaean times 5. Modern Academic Materialism: As David Hays emphasizes, the economic-political reality of the enlightenment - social contract plus rational individualism - created a “cultural construction of an extreme individualism which is particularly evident in the Western world”
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