Item description for Fears and Symbols: An Introduction to the Study of Western Civilization by Elemer Hankiss...
Giving a panoramic view of Western civilisation, this study is based on the central role that the author believes fear and anxiety have played as the organising motives of human existence and social life. Hankiss argues that existential security has been a major factor in the generation of civilisations, perhaps even more important than the mainstream theories of culture offered by Kant, Freud and Foucault. In order to mitigate fear, human beings and communities have surrounded themselves in two ways. The first being through house and city walls, with instruments and weapons, laws and institutions. Secondly, with the protective sphere of symbols: myths and religions, values and belief systems, ideas and scientific theories, moral and practical rules of behaviour, and a wide range of everyday rituals and trivialities. Hankiss pays particular attention to the role of symbols and symbolic systems in contemporary societies.
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Studio: Central European University Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 6.25" Height: 9" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Feb 26, 2001
Publisher Central European University Press
ISBN 9639241075 ISBN13 9789639241077
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More About Elemer Hankiss
ElemA(c)r Hankiss is professor of sociology at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. He has taught in European and American universities and has served as senior scientist for the Gallup Organization, chairman of Hungarian Public Television, and managing editor of the English-American Section of Europa Publishing House. He has published books in French, English, German, Polish, and Hungarian. His most recent book is Fears and Symbols: An Introduction to the Study of Western Civilization. He was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in 1987--88 and 2003--4.
Elemer Hankiss was born in 1928 and has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Budapest.