TRANS Internet-Zeitschrift für Kulturwissenschaften 17. Nr. Juni 2010

Sektion 8.18. Socio-cultural contexts of globalization process | Soziokulturelle Zusammenhänge des Globalisierungsprozesses
Sektionsleiter | Section Chair: Mikhail Blumenkrantz (München, Deutschland)

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Section report 8.18.

Socio-cultural context of the globalization process

Mikhail Blumenkrantz (Munich) [BIO]



In the framework of the section Socio-cultural context of the globalization process some contributions were presented which have discussed common and particular problems of socio-cultural dynamics in the modern world.

In the contribution of Mikhail Blumenkrantz Fighting 'metaphysical inflation': Problems of democracy as seen by Feodor Stepun the crisis phenomena of Western democracy were reviewed and its reasons from the point of view of the Russian philosopher were analyzed. As the referent presumed these problems are still at the forefront. For many people who look back to the past from the present day scene, it is self-evident that the first half of the last century was marked by the beginning crisis of democracy. This was the time when communist and fascist regimes seized power; totalitarian states striving for military expansion emerged in Europe.  But that is the past - why should we talk about crisis now, given that these odious regimes infamously collapsed many years ago now, whereas the most well-off and successfully developing countries are those with Western-style democracy? Would it be correct to compare the challenges of the present day – international terrorism, to name just one - with long-gone threats of really satanic nature, which European Democracy as such once had to face?

Alexey Makushinsky focused on analysis on ethical problems of disastrous 20th century through the prism of works by philosopher Leo Shestov and writer Vasilij Grossman.

Elena Pribytkova discussed the parity between moral and law in her contribution The Theory of an Ethical Minimum in Law. Philosopher and jurist from Vienna G. Jellinek and Russian religious philosopher and publicist Vladimir Solov’ev determined law as a condition for the realization of minimal standards of legal behavior that provide for existence and development of society. The theory of an ethical minimum in law is a particular type of axiological doctrines, which most adequately describes the interdependency of law and morality in heterogeneous social sphere.

The contribution by Oksana Nazarova analyzed some aspects of social philosophy by Semen Franc - in particular theocratic ethos of social system.

Natalia A. Bozhenkova reviewed political discourse in modern Russia, pointed out “dying off ethical and aesthetical components in the culture of speech” and provided socio-philological analysis of mechanisms to manipulate the consciousness. She meant the manipulations that characterize political strategies in Russia today.

Valentin N. Stepanov investigated the problem of Provocative scope of extremist texts. Institutionalized or ideological character of extremism determines its way of text and activity representation as rational. Reflection considered as drawing out to an upper level of consciousness some deep psychological expectations of human beings indicates political text as a means of extremism. Those provoking genre strategies are expressed in elementary provocative genres such as advice, sentence, notation, presentation, demonstration, and some other meant as indirect.

8.18. Socio-cultural contexts of globalization process | Soziokulturelle Zusammenhänge des Globalisierungsprozesses

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For quotation purposes:
Mikhail Blumenkrantz: Section report 8.18.: Socio-cultural contexts of globalization process - In: TRANS. Internet-Zeitschrift für Kulturwissenschaften. No. 17/2008. WWW:

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