The History of Experience: A Study in Experiential Turns and Cultural Dynamics from the Paleolithic to the Present Day (Routledge Studies in Cultural History) (Hardcover)

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In a wide arc from the Paleolithic to the present day, this book explores the changing structure of human experience and its impact on the dynamics of cultures, civilizations, and political ideas.

The main thesis is a paradigm shift: the structure of human experience is not a universal constant but changes over time. Looking at the entire range of human history, there are a total of nine transformations, beginning with conscious perception and imagination in the Paleolithic and ending, for the time being, in modern times with the discovery of the unconscious. In between, this book explores six more transformations that took place in different regions and at different times, which include a sense of order, self-reflection, the eye of reason, spiritual experience, as well as the experience of creativity and of consciousness. As such, The History of Experience presents both a cross-cultural and comparative theory of experience and cultural dynamics, and an exploration of rich materials from East and West.

This book is of great use to upper-level undergraduates, postgraduates, and scholars interested in the relationship between history, human experience, culture, and political order.

About the Author


Wolfgang Leidhold is Professor of Political Science in the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Cologne (Germany). His publications cover topics from the Paleolithic to Modernity. The study of experience is the main focus of his research.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781032291314
ISBN-10: 1032291311
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: October 14th, 2022
Pages: 330
Language: English
Series: Routledge Studies in Cultural History

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