A neo-calvinist sociology: John Carroll's metaphysical modernity

Murphy, Peter (2018) A neo-calvinist sociology: John Carroll's metaphysical modernity. In: James, Sarah, (ed.) Metaphysical Sociology: on the work of John Carroll. Morality, Society and Culture . Routledge, Abingdon, UK, pp. 66-79.

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[Extract] Human beings behave badly, regularly. It begins young. The parent says 'no': the toddler shouts and stamps in a temper tantrum. The rage is palpable. Aggression swells up in the little monster. In many human societies that kind of violent rage is barely contained even among adults. Volatile, unpredictable, and dan¬gerous savagery is commonplace. Sadism, carnage, and cruelty abound in them. They are populated by touchy unstable personalities prone to the same kind of explosive aggression that we see in tyrants from Stalin to Saddam Hussein. The endemic violence of contemporary Middle Eastern societies reminds us just how difficult it is to create civil societies. Pursuing conflicts and disputes by vehe¬ment, vicious, callous, and terrible means has been the rule, not the exception, in human history.

Item ID: 53779
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-138-09178-8
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2018 03:37
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160806 Social Theory @ 70%
22 PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES > 2203 Philosophy > 220319 Social Philosophy @ 30%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society @ 80%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950407 Social Ethics @ 20%
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