Trans Internet-Zeitschrift für Kulturwissenschaften 15. Nr. August 2004

2.6. Post-industrial Civilization and Culture
Herausgeberin | Editor | Éditeur: Gennady Uzilevsky (Orel, Russia)

Buch: Das Verbindende der Kulturen | Book: The Unifying Aspects of Cultures | Livre: Les points communs des cultures

Report: Post-industrial civilization and culture

Gennady Uzilevsky (Orel, Russia)


Six contributions were delivered in the section "Post-industrial civilization and culture". Five of them were presented by Russian researchers and were dedicated to various aspects of the post-industrial civilization formation and development in the context of a synthetic "bottom-up" approach. The latter was based on the symbiosis of

- a system-semiotic approach used in studying Homo as a symbolic creature and
- an anthropo-socio-semiotic approach used in investigating man, a personality oriented civil society, a socially-oriented economy and a democratic legal state.

It should be said that the new scientific specializations - anthropological semiotics and semiotic metaphysics - are based on the system-semiotic approach.

My report "Post-industrial civilization in the light of semiotic metaphysics" was aimed at revealing distinctive features, characteristics and potential of post-industrial civilizations. The features include:

The system of distinctive features and characteristics seems to be the outline of an abstract model of post-industrial civilization and the basis of revealing systemic factors of societal progress.

Waleriy Amelin's report "Post-industrial civilization and tolerance" was dedicated to study the nature of the latter in the context of a four level ethic value system based on the synthetic approach. As the result, a new interpretation was given; it was interpreted as the principle of formation of a personality oriented civil society and post-industrial civilization. Inner and outer factors of tolerance development were presented, the typology of its kinds was re-evaluated, and the Russian program of tolerance distribution all over the country was discussed.

Aleksey Melnikov devoted his contribution to the consideration of the multi-level model of state youth policy in the Russian Federation. This policy was considered as the outer form and investigated in the context of the federalist principle and the solidarity and subsidiary principles. The programs of social, societal, intellectual, etc. influence upon young people are interpreted as the inner form of state youth policy, which was studied in the context of post-industrial civilization features.

In his report Leonid Shtelmakh considered the progress of health insurance in Russia in the context of post-industrial civilization. Outer and inner factors that determine the development of health insurance were presented. A new typology of health insurance models was discussed. It was underlined that the health insurance model in the form of a hospital fund seems to be most effective due to its mobility, financial transparency, self-management, etc. It was shown that the organization of health insurance should be based on a federalist principle, and on the interaction of such metaphysical principles as principles of least action, surplus protection (maintenance) and the metaphysical law of "unity in diversity".

Delivering his lecture "Metaphysical propositions of strategic marketing", Andrey Tupitsyn considered the development of strategic marketing in the context of features and characteristics of post-industrial civilization on the basis of a synthetic approach. In this respect essential distinctions of "service" market economy from an industrial one were revealed and considered.

The analysis of these reports shows that a new scientific school that studies problems of post-industrial civilisation, globalisation and culture was organized in Orel, Russia as a consequence of the Congress "Unifying aspects of cultures".

Sabine Stadler (Austria) has analyzed in her interesting report "Restitution: payment and politics for war victims: a monetary policy towards Russia" the reconstruction of the contemporary history of the politics in Austria after the World War II, organization of the restitution fund and the actual results of its activities. The public and political reaction to the fund was shown.

© Gennady Uzilevsky (Orel, Russia)

2.6. Post-industrial Civilization and Culture

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