VICTOR Z. CHEN

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                     (Left) Sasāra                                     (Right) Dancing Shiva

 

One thing all resistant values share in common, sometimes implicitly, is their pursuit of some sort of end values as well as the sustainable means to achieve them. Although I’m not religious, I have a great interest in the diversity of religious thoughts (as part of my research on institutional diversity perspective). I believe all resistant values have their raison d'être since they reflect different aspects of our natural reactions to complexity. Instead of seeing them as competing or alternative views of human nature, I tend to convince myself by a reconcilable and integrative theory. Such a theory should explain the diversity in resistant values as different components and evolutionary paths of the human biological and social universals all humans inherited from the common ancestors in East Africa about 50,000 years ago.

 

As a sideline of my research, I am collecting a list of readings on human biological and social universals, to be combined with my original research on global institutional diversity (with John Cantwell). Please write to me if you have any good scientific readings on these topics, and would like to join the discussion. Below is a rough structure to organize all the readings into a unifying theoretical framework of human nature, which is based on Water L. Wallace’s (1994) A Weberian theory of human society: Structure and evolution, New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

 

 

Source of End

Choice of Means

Phylogenetically Innate

Socioculturally Learned

Present

Innate Self-Interest Rationality

(Zweckrationalität)

Learned Nonself-Interest Rationality

(Wertrationalität)

Absent

Affectual

Nonrationality

Traditional

Nonrationality

 

 

 

 

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