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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.

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.

 

Doctrine Overview

To Sorokin, the process of human interaction involves three essential elements: human actors as subjects of interaction; meanings, values, and norms that guide human conduct; and material phenomena that are vehicles and conductors for meanings and values to be objectified and incorporated into a sequence of actions.

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