The City in History and the History of Conscious-Cultural (D)evolution

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Agosto de 2018

 

“When we finally reach our own age, we shall find that urban society has come to a parting of the ways. Here, with a heightened consciousness of our past and a clearer insight into decisions made long ago, which often still control us, we shall be able to face the immediate decision that now confronts man and will, one way or another, ultimately transform him: namely, whether he shall devote himself to the development of his own deepest humanity, or whether he shall surrender himself to the now almost automatic forces he himself has set in motion and yield place to his dehumanized alter ego, ‘Post-historic Man.’ That second choice will bring with it a progressive loss of feeling, emotion, creative audacity, and finally consciousness.” (Mumford 1961, p. 4)

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