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Toward A Hopeful Sociology

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As envisioned by the Western Enlightenment, the modern moral order would be based on critical reason rather than faith. In the second half of the twentieth century, the great struggle was between the liberal and socialist visions of modernity. Liberal democracy can no longer blame its troubles on the pressures of competing with socialism. The problem may lie deeper, in the very premises of the Enlightenment vision of modern moral order. The market economy generates severe inequalities, especially when it becomes globalized. The spiritual insights of the first axial age remained essential. But the demands of a new world order would require first that they be released from their mummifications. Though stronger in “group” than the United States, Taiwan is weaker in what Mary Douglas would call “grid.”.

Keywords: axial age; market economy; Mary Douglas; modern moral order; Taiwan; United States



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