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Sivilasjonens sårbarhet

Author: Petter Nafstad
Source: Directory of Open Access Books
Publisher: Scandinavian University Press (Universitetsforlaget)
ISBN: 9788215029412||9788215029429
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The book describes and interprets the Scottish philosopher and historian David Hume’s theory of the basis of a society’s development from barbarism to civilization and for the maintenance of a civilized society. An analysis of the development and maintenance of civilization should, according to Hume, be conducted along three dimensions, a political, an economic and one concerning civil society. Therefore, the three main parts of the book analyses Hume’s treatment of these three social spheres. Hume’s example of a successful development from barbarism to civilization is England, but he also means that an analysis of English past and present will yield a more general understanding of civilizing processes. However, even civilized societies contain disintegrating forces and therefore potentials for regression to non-civilized conditions. An example would be radicalized political and religious ideologies. The sources are mainly Hume’s The History of England and his many essays on contemporary English conditions