History, Evolution, and The Darwin Debate

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Core and periphery, emergence in potential and historical realization: the greek enlightenment

March 24th, 2017 · No Comments

The debate over the enlightenment might by comparison consider the era of the ‘greek enlightenment’, something we can judge from a much later future: we can see that while this period generated a massive set of innovations its overall cultural character was still often primitive and generally the whole of occidental civilization was cursed by the growth of slavery. Note the seeming paradox, which recurs in modern times (!) of an era in which the idea of freedom as a concert or simply the word ‘itself’ is born (with a first realization of democracy) even as slavery is still increasing. And we can see that the core emergence zone of a particular set of advances cannot control the large cultural stream surrounding it.

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