By Peter C. Whybrow

Regardless of an wonderful urge for food for all times, increasingly more americans are feeling overworked and disenchanted. within the world's such a lot prosperous state, epidemic charges of tension, nervousness, melancholy, weight problems, and time urgency at the moment are grudgingly approved as a part of daily life they sign the yank Dream long gone awry.

Peter C. Whybrow, director of the Neuropsychiatric Institute at UCLA, grounds the intense achievements and over the top intake of the yankee kingdom in an figuring out of the biology of the brain's gift approach delivering for the 1st time a complete and actual reason for the addictive mania of consumerism.

American Mania provides a transparent and novel vantage element from which to appreciate the main urgent social problems with our time, whereas providing an educated method of refocusing our pursuit of happiness. Drawing upon wealthy medical case experiences and colourful pictures, "this interesting and demanding ebook will switch how you take into consideration American life" (Karen Olson, Utne Reader).

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In: Praxis, 1/2, 1970, S. 65 -77, und Henri Lefebvre: Das Alltagsleben in der modernenen Welt. Frankfurt/M. 1972. Vgl. dazu Herbert Marcuse: Konterrevolution und Revolte. Frankfurt/M. 1973, bes. S. 7 -72. Summary The so-called positivism debate, in recent years the main methodological issue in German sociology, has now lost its central position. It only survives in the philosophy of science and in the theory of knowledge where a highly specialized discussion is carried on about what is the adequate, or true, way of interpreting the praxis of social science.

Wer die Geschichte der Sozialwissenschaften, und insbesondere der Sozialphilosophie und der Politik studiert, weiß, daß vor allem zwei Schulen - zwei antithetische Schulen - ihre Vergangenheit beherrscht haben: einerseits die organische und andererseits die mechanistische Grundlehre. Selbstverständlich sind diese Grundprinzipien nur selten in voller Konsequenz entwickelt worden. In den Variationen, die vorliegen, kann man manchmal das Thema nur mit Schwierigkeit heraushören. Aber die Tatsache bleibt bestehen, daß immer eine der zwei Tendenzen da ist.

Das Zeitalter Diderots und Voltaires erfand die philosophische Chinoiserie, ein Bild Chinas, dessen handgreifliches Äquivalent in der Porzellanmanufaktur seine kunstgewerbliche Ausprägung fand. Es war dies ein Bild, das China als Land räsonnierender und friedliebender Philosophen-Mandarine zeigte, ein Land, das in Einklang mit seinen Gesetzen regiert wurde, Gesetzen, die wiederum in Einklang mit den wahren Bedürfnissen der Menschen waren, Bedürfnissen wiederum, die in Einklang mit einer fruchtbaren und harmonischen Natur bestanden.

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