The European Miracle Psychological Stages and the Origin of Modern Society
- 1 Karlsruhe Institute for Sociology, Germany
- 2 Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut, Germany
- 3 University Duisburg-Essen, Germany
The European Miracle Psychological Stages and the Origin of Modern Society. Journal of Social Sciences, 16(1), 84-99. https://doi.org/10.3844/jssp.2020.84.99
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The idea that the rise of modern, industrial society originates in psychological advancements is to find among classic authors of sociology and history such as Comte, Elias and Lamprecht and more recently described by Habermas. It will be shown that central transformations within sciences, industrial economy, political structures, Enlightenment, humanitarian revolution, law, painting, music and literature having taken place during the emergence of modern society actually originate in psychological stage advancements. Thus, there is a deep connection between psychological stages on the one side and historical transformations leading to modern society on the other side. It is therefore necessary to combine Piagetian psychology with historical data and sociological considerations.
- Psychological Stages
- Social Transformations
- Industrial Society
- Modern Europe
- Rise of the West