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Philosophy of History

Major Fields of Sorokin's Philosophy of History


(1) The idea of cultural integration;
(2) The theory of social and cultural change;
(3) The identification of three cultural supersystems or ways of life through which, or around which, cultures are integrated;
(4) The idea of the alteration of these three ways of life with each other with the passage of time and the explana¬tion of this process; and,
(5) Sorokin's conception of the relations between types of culture and types of personality.

Visible Factors

As a general rule, the contents of the unintegrated and yet-unfilled mind of a child are largely determined by the contents of the mental life of persons and groups among whom the child is born and reared, and with whom he interacts. To a large extent this rule happens to be correct in my case. The character of the mental life of my early sociocultural milieu shaped most of the con­tents of my early mentality.

Early Years

I was born January 21, 1889, and lived up to the age of eleven among the Komi people, one of the Ugro-Finnish ethnic groups, in the North of Russia. My Russian father was an itinerant "master of gilding, silvering, and ikon-making" (as his guild certificate testified).

The Sorokin Collection

Welcome to the Pitirim A. Sorokin Collection at the University of Saskatchewan Special Collections.    

 

Pitirim A. Sorokin

Book Reviews

This section contains reviews of Sorokin's work. The following have been digitized and can be viewed by selecting the link: 

 

Crisis of Our Age: the Social and Cultural Outlook. Reviewed by [E. Sch.]

 

Man and Society in Calamity. Reviewed by Read Bain.

 

Clippings

The following files from section IV. Clippings about Sorokin and His Theories have been digitized and are available (additions will be added over time):

IV. A. 8. The Russian Revolution and Russia Today and Her Future.

Individuals

 

The following archival records have been digitized and are available online: 

Books

The following is a partial bibliography of books by Pitirim Sorokin. Titles in bold represent the University of Saskatchewan Special Collections holdings: 

 

Prestuplenie i kara, podvig i nagrada: Sotsiologicheskij etyud ob osnovnykh formakh obschestvennogo povedeniya i morali.(Crime and Punishment: Service and Reward) 1914, St. Petersburg: isdatelstvo Dolbysheva, (was issued in 1913).

L. N. Tolstoi, kak filosof (Leo Tolstoi as a Philosopher). Moscow: isdatelstvo Posrednik, 1915.

“Pitirim Alexandrovich Sorokin: a giant of 20th century sociological thought" Robert K. Merton