This work focuses on the cyclical structure of the patterns of social change. According to the Wave Principle, patterns of five waves move in the direction of a trend and three waves move against it. The author presents a theory of agency and sociality that serves as a basis for the wave-like character of social change and the individuality of the component waves of the pattern.
Michael K. Green is Professor of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Oneonta.
Preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Uncertainty and the Human Condition; 2. The M-Strategy for Uncertainty Management; 3. The R-Strategy for Uncertainty Management; 4. The K-Strategy for Uncertainty Management; 5. The W-Strategy for Uncertainty Management; 6. Theories of the Passions; 7. Action and Agency; 8. Happiness; 9. Virtue; 10. Conceptions of Cultural Change; 11. Cycles of Uncertainty; 12. The Condition of Our Condition; Bibliography; Index.