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An Early Redefinition of Progress's Destination

in On the Future of History

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2003 | ISBN: 9780226072791
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226072814 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226072814.003.0008
An Early Redefinition of Progress's Destination

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History reflected the cosmic ordering process in its three stages. In the first stage, instincts and the environment cooperated in shaping the initial, not-yet-fully developed human beings into a natural social whole. The second stage was one of increasing differentiations in all aspects of life resulting in a period of instability—that of history. At first glance, this period offered no improvement as it resulted from the disintegration of the harmonious whole. That third stage brought what later would be called posthistoric postmodernity. The historical forces, which had caused all the instability, lost their capacity to bring about noteworthy change.

Keywords: cosmic ordering; history; posthistoric postmodernity; historical forces; instability; historical change

Chapter.  1473 words. 

Subjects: Methods and Historiography

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