civilization, society, globalization, Harry Redner


Harry Redner was a reader at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and a visiting professor at Yale University, University of California-Berkeley and Harvard University. His book has three parts: An Overview of History, The Present Predicament of History, and The Future Prospects of Civilization.

The book addresses two major issues affecting our society today. One of them is globalization and its effect on civilization. The topic is analyzed not only from a cultural perspective but also from a political and cognitive standpoint. The second issue is technology and its place in a global society. Redner argues Western civilization’s development of science, technology and a rational legal state might prove self-canceling. He examines our response to the problems facing our civilization, finds it lacking, and proposes to “break through this barrier of silence” (Redner, XV) and open an honest debate on the crucial issues of our time.