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The Axial Age and Its Consequences

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ISBN 9780674066496

Publication Date: 10/31/2012

Short

560 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

4 tables

Belknap Press

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    • Introduction [Robert N. Bellah and Hans Joas]
  • Fundamental Questions
    • 1. The Axial Age Debate as Religious Discourse [Hans Joas]
    • 2. What Was the Axial Revolution? [Charles Taylor]
    • 3. An Evolutionary Approach to Culture: Implications for the Study of the Axial Age [Merlin Donald]
    • 4. Embodiment, Transcendence, and Contingency: Anthropological Features of the Axial Age [Matthias Jung]
    • 5. The Axial Age in Global History: Cultural Crystallizations and Societal Transformations [Björn Wittrock]
    • 6. The Buddha’s Meditative Trance: Visionary Knowledge, Aphoristic Thinking, and Axial Age Rationality in Early Buddhism [Gananath Obeyesekere]
    • 7. The Idea of Transcendence [Ingolf U. Dalferth]
  • A Comparative Perspective
    • 8. Religion, the Axial Age, and Secular Modernity in Bellah’s Theory of Religious Evolution [José Casanova]
    • 9. Where Do Axial Commitments Reside? Problems in Thinking about the African Case [Ann Swidler]
    • 10. The Axial Age Theory: A Challenge to Historism or an Explanatory Device of Civilization Analysis? With a Look at the Normative Discourse in Axial Age China [Heiner Roetz]
  • Destructive Possibilities?
    • 11. The Axial Conundrum between Transcendental Visions and Vicissitudes of Their Institutionalizations: Constructive and Destructive Possibilities [Shmuel N. Eisenstadt]
    • 12. Axial Religions and the Problem of Violence [David Martin]
    • 13. Righteous Rebels: When, Where, and Why? [W.G. Runciman]
  • Reevaluations
    • 14. Rehistoricizing the Axial Age [Johann P. Arnason]
    • 15. Cultural Memory and the Myth of the Axial Age [Jan Assmann]
  • Perspectives on the Future
    • 16. The Axial Invention of Education and Today’s Global Knowledge Culture [William M. Sullivan]
    • 17. The Future of Transcendence: A Sociological Agenda [Richard Madsen]
    • 18. The Heritage of the Axial Age: Resource or Burden? [Robert N. Bellah]
  • Bibliography: Works on the Axial Age
  • Contributors
  • Index

Awards & Accolades

  • Robert Bellah Is a 2000 National Humanities Medal Winner
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