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DOI: 10.5593/SGEMSOCIAL2016/HB31/S03.044

"SOCIO-CULTURAL TRANSFORMATIONS" AS A PHILOSOPHICAL CONCEPT DEMANDED BY THE TIMES

V. Dianova, A. Puchkovskaya
Thursday 6 October 2016 by Libadmin2016

References: 3rd International Multidisciplinary Scientific Conference on Social Sciences and Arts SGEM2016, www.sgemsocial.org , SGEM2016 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7105-52-0 / ISSN 2367-5659, Apr 06-09, Book 3, Vol.1, 341-348 pp, DOI: 10.5593/SGEMSOCIAL2016/HB31/S03.044

ABSTRACT
Significant changes caused by migration processes taking place today in the European part of the world not only encourage political, administrative and legal tools to resolve them, but also create a new categorical apparatus and philosophical concepts which contribute to the formation of a new world, an adequate for the period of global crisis. This is true in the perspective that previously humanitarian discourse was focused on the describing stable situations in the culture and the society, but the periods of “breaking” of traditional stereotypes and the emergence of a situation of instability are still not well understood. For better understanding of such bifurcations there were used different concepts: “crisis”, “era of transition”, “cyclical dynamics”, “progress”, “return motion”, “upward and downward waves”, “modernization” and many others. All of them contain different connotations and include the vector characteristics. Unlike the above mentioned concepts, we believe, the phenomenon “transformation” is more adequate for ongoing changes because it does not include an evaluation component, and thus it is more succinct. The understanding of the fundamental causes of socio-cultural transformations related to the specific historical period is necessary as a basis for the analysis of the cultural genesis. In a period of relative stability of empires and civilizations, the transformations were not so vivid and significant, their scopes were quite narrow and local, sometimes even manageable. However, during the collapse of empires and civilizations or so called the modern world-system transformations reach the global level as they affect different areas: economy, politics, religion, law, culture, carrying out on a personal and/or public levels. This comprehensive scope of their manifestations requires philosophical understanding of this concept.

Keywords: socio-cultural transformations, era of transition, philosophy of culture, humanitarian discourse


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