The Axial Age and the Problems of the Twentieth Century: Du Bois, Jaspers, and Universal History

  • John D Boy
  • Published 2015 in The American sociologist

Abstract

The axial age debate has put big questions of social and cultural change back on the agenda of sociology. This paper takes this development as an occasion to reflect on how social thought works with (and against) nineteenth-century intellectual traditions in its efforts to understand history on a macro scale. Karl Jaspers, who initially formulated the axial… (More)

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