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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.

On Method

Integralist Method 

Social Change

Writings on Social Change  

An outstanding trait or characteristic of importance in Sorokin's work is its concentration on social change after his arrival in America. He devoted most of his time to social change or "dynamics" as he calls it. He sought to find out what social change meant, why it has occurred, what it did to the person and the societies, and what were the eventual destinations of persons and societies in the new forms.

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.

 

Audio/Photo/Video

“…The campus library specially prepared two-hour tape recorded lectures by outstanding authorities throughout the world”.

Pitirim A. Sorokin. Three Basic Trends of Our time (SY4) Campus World Inc. 

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.

Extracts

AMERICAN SOCIOLOGICAL REVIEW 

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