Sociocultural Evolution: The Case of Modernity.
the Discourse on Modernity from the Perspective of a Theory of Long-Term Social Change
At the example of the discussion about modernity and in special reference to the analysis of civilizations of Shmuel N. Eisenstadt as well as its critique I will make clear the meaning the historical perspective attains for a sociological theory of modernity. At the same time I will elaborate critical points out of his analysis which in turn are to be taken into account for the development of a general theory of a long-term change. In conclusion, I will sketch a sociological model of sociocultural evolution which takes into account the contemporary state of knowledge.