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The Cultural Values of Europe$
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Hans Joas and Klaus Wiegandt

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781846311383

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846315800

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The Affirmation of Ordinary Life

The Affirmation of Ordinary Life

(p.187) 8 The Affirmation of Ordinary Life
The Cultural Values of Europe

Wolfgang Reinhard

Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses how and why the evaluation of ordinary life, of the productive and reproductive activities of human beings, changed between the fourteenth and seventeenth centuries in Europe. It begins with the field of human economic activities and then turns to the significant difference between the pre-modern and modern value system. The chapter demonstrates that from a historical perspective, the affirmation of ordinary life, the high value placed on everyday production and reproduction, is anything but self-evident.

Keywords:   ordinary life, Europe, economic activities, production, reproduction

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