Does Sorokin's Data Support His Theory?: A Study of Generational Fluctuations in Philosophical Beliefs

@inproceedings{Simonton1976DoesSD,
  title={Does Sorokin's Data Support His Theory?: A Study of Generational Fluctuations in Philosophical Beliefs},
  author={Keith Simonton},
  year={1976}
}
The question was raised regarding the empirical support for Sorokin's cyclical theory of philosophical, religious, and scientific movements. Transhistorical measures of creativity and philosophical beliefs were used which spanned 122 generations (or 20-year periods) from 540 B.C. to 1900 A.D. in Western history. An analysis of non-transformed and first-differenced data indicated that (a) philosophical beliefs form two postively correlated Sensate and Ideational clusters, (b) Sensate times are… CONTINUE READING

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