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The Ideal of Civilization: Its Origins, Meanings, and Implications

in The Empire of Civilization

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780226068145
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226068169 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226068169.003.0002
The Ideal of Civilization: Its Origins, Meanings, and Implications

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This chapter, which analyzes the normative dimension of civilization or civilization as ideal, explores the term's etymological origins and eighteenth-century French and British Enlightenment origins and meanings. It outlines how some measure of social cooperation and a capacity for sociopolitical organization or self-government among any given people have long been considered key characteristics or requirements of civilization.

Keywords: civilization; normative dimension; Enlightenment; etymological origins; social cooperation; sociopolitical organization; self-government

Chapter.  10234 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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