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INTERGENERATIONAL STIMULATION, REACTION, AND POLARIZATION: A CAUSAL ANALYSIS OF INTELLECTUAL HISTORY

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Some of Sorokin's conclusions regarding ideological creativity were appraised by applying a cross-lagged correlation analysis to his generational measures of 7 intellectual issues and 18 beliefs. These measures extended from 540 B.C. to 1900 A.D. but were confined to European philosophers. The results indicated the operation of intergenerational stimulation, reaction, and polarization in the history of ideas. But Sorokin's specific qualitative inductions were only partly substantiated. In particular, there was no evidence that the rise of one idea can cause the decline of another idea in the following generation.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2224/sbp.1978.6.2.247

Publication date: January 1, 1978

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