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Industrialism has brought about such a fundamental change in man’s way of living and civilization that modern anthropologists (A. Gehlen and others) compare it with the change that took place in prehistoric times in the transition from hunting and food- gathering to a settled agricultural way of life. With industrialism man has crossed a “second absolute threshold of civilization”.

This transition embraces — for the first time in human history — not merely individual cultural groups, but the entire world including the “developing countries”. It is thus …

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Max Pietsch, “Industrialism”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 07 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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