Western Civilization – history and theory

How Christianity influenced the set up of modern science, technology and economy

book reviews      book synopses      philosophy and theology      other texts


recent, recommended, news (texts are in Polish with some exceptions)

(03.2020)   Christianitas (Christendom): idea of new book and what’s been done so far

(02.2020)   new version – Medieval agricultural revolution: quantitative analysis

(01.2020)   chapter – Influence of the Church and Christianity in Technical Progress In Medieval Europe

(04.2019)   article – What speeds up and what hinders technical progress. On historical determinants of innovation

(03.2019)   review & book synopsis  – M. Taylor, Politics of innovation

(09.2017)   book –  Medieval merchant ships

(11.2018)   book synopsis – Western civilization & Time


Civilization

My book “Western civilization and Time”

Western civilization challenges death. He does it without fanfare, but consistently, step by step. That phenomenon has been the result of the process of transformation of time into one of our critical values, lasting several hundred years. Time as a value can be seen in the cult of speed, in the cult of youth and the demand to live longer and longer. There are no other priorities that increase their share in GDP just as quickly. How did this happen? What’s next? This is what this book is about.

How has it come about? What happens next? That is really what this book is about.

The book has been downloaded 45 734 times in 2012-2014 period.

Christianitas and the European Phenomenon

The European Phenomenon – this term is used in the history studies for description of civilizational flourishing of Europe, beginning in the 11th-12th centuries. Over the next few hundred years, we had outdone economically, economically and technologically other civilizations that were much more developed than us before. I carry out the project about the role of Christianity in the creation of this phenomenon. Three areas have been selected for the study:  science, technology and Western market economy. Several parts of the book (either already published or in working versions) are available here.

Since 2018, I’ve set up close collaboration with dr Jacenty Siewierski. He is one of the most eminent specialists in the field of theory and history of civilization. He’s written the best Polish work on Christian roots of Western civilization. Dr Siewierski has a subpage on my portal, entitled   Why Europe?


Other texts

Papers on Western civilization, theology, philosophy and political science, like e.g.: western death taboo ● philosophy of science and theory of civilization ● historiography of science and religion ● islam and Russia vs the West ● sense of guilt in Western early modern culture ● with optymism on the necessity of evil ● paradoxes of meaning of life ● history of medieval technology (agriculture, mills, merchant ships). Also some of my works in Soviet studies from 80. Some texts in English, abstracts of all texts also in English.

Reviews

Reviews, essay reviews, synopses of books: history and theory of science (E.Grant, H.Butterfield, S.Jaki, S.Shapin, A.Whitehead) ● history and theory of civilization (P.Chaunu, R.Duchesne, E.L.Jones, J.Kłoczowski, J.Delumeau, D.Landes, R.Wright, M.Simon, T.Woods, R. Wright) ● history of technology (M.Taylor, A.Pacey) ● history of IT (G.Dyson) ● Philosophy of religion (A.Plantinga) ● history of modern physics (B.Greene). Titles in the original languages.


On photography

Some texts on photography and film editing. How to make memorial video which won’t be boring for the viewers and which editing work won’t consume loads of time. Besides reviews of tv sound bars and home cinema audio. Also few papers on making panomara stitching, tests of cameras, etc. Abstracts in English

Socialism

Ebook “(Un)-Real Socialism” written with my late friend. One of the few global theories accounting for the communism phenomenon. The work hotly discussed in Poland and in the Western sovietology. Some chapters in English The book has been downloaded 11993 times in 2013 (plus 34281 times individual chapters)


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