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Fears and Symbols: An Introduction to the Study of Western Civilization

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Fears and Symbols: An Introduction to the Study of Western Civilization

Post by Hush on Wed Apr 08, 2009 7:46 pm

Fears and Symbols: An Introduction to the Study of Western Civilization

By Elemer Hankiss

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Giving a panoramic view of Western civilisation, this study is based on the central role that the author believes fear and anxiety have played as the organising motives of human existence and social life. Hankiss argues that existential security has been a major factor in the generation of civilisations, perhaps even more important than the mainstream theories of culture offered by Kant, Freud and Foucault. In order to mitigate fear, human beings and communities have surrounded themselves in two ways. The first being through house and city walls, with instruments and weapons, laws and institutions. Secondly, with the protective sphere of symbols: myths and religions, values and belief systems, ideas and scientific theories, moral and practical rules of behaviour, and a wide range of everyday rituals and trivialities. Hankiss pays particular attention to the role of symbols and symbolic
systems in contemporary societies.


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Re: Fears and Symbols: An Introduction to the Study of Western Civilization

Post by Hush on Sat Oct 31, 2009 6:47 pm

I wanted to emphasize the importance of this book

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Re: Fears and Symbols: An Introduction to the Study of Western Civilization

Post by NANA on Wed Nov 04, 2009 9:53 pm

Hello, thanks a lot Hush this really attract my attention but infotunetunately i couldn't open the website i mean where you put "click here" i don't know why maybe the problem is in my computer, but i will try again and again and again.
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