Global Affairs Embedded in Historical Sociology

Monday, 11 July 2016
Location: Hörsaal 21 (Juridicum)
Distributed Paper
Petra SUCHOVSKA, Charles University, Czech Republic
The spirit of modernity remain chaotic and obscure. Western-led idea of globalization and democracy imposed upon the world does not seem to bring the bright future for human progress anymore and the diminishing ability of intellectual community to explain entropy of global affairs might lead to another historical tragedy rooted in social disilussioment.

Sociological behavior is reliable reporter of every aspect of society, as its dynamics represent derivation of social reality of humanity in its historical and dynamic context, expressing eternal collective strive for an ideal social order. Solutions might be searched in the dependency relationship between global state of affairs and dynamics of sociological behavior that can trigger and be triggered in response to internal and external challenges and explain outlined causal linkage of events, which constitute logical framework for all possible variations of circumstances and experiences to unfold.

I argue that some of the principles of sociological behavior as “social dialectics”, which touchs upon the “pendular theory of social change” of Pitirim Sorokin or “Axial Age” of Karl Jaspers, form the historical epochs of religions and material appeal for progress, during which the civilisations rise and fall. The civilisations proceed in a given linear direction for a time, progressing by constructive responding to the challenges, but eventually, as a result of need for inherent equilibrium of the social reality (religious/divine vs rational), shifts of direction and a new period of development will be ushered in

Clearly articulating these principles and its relationship to global affairs may clarify contemporary “crisis of societal agency”. Such approach might represent body of knowledge about social structural change and provide critical understanding of contemporary affairs, while furnishing a framework for possible solution through a warning or encouragement of the political, religious, economic communities and individuals to better adjust to the social challenges.