The phoenix problem of social philosophy: to the question about the hypothesis of social progress

Oleg A. Efre­mov
Lomonosov Moscow State Uni­ver­si­ty

The phoenix prob­lem of social phi­los­o­phy: to the ques­tion about the hypoth­e­sis of social progress

Abstract. This paper con­sid­ers var­i­ous aspects of pro-gress, as a prob­lem touched upon in the arti­cle by A.L. Niki­forov. The author sug­gests an assump­tion about the heuris­tic sig­nif­i­cance of the idea of progress in social phi­los­o­phy as a kind of research tool, which is effec­tive in the analy­sis of var­i­ous social process­es and allows to trace their direct­ed devel­op­ment accord-ing to some cri­te­ri­on. It is argued that in this case, it is nec­es­sary to com­ply with a num­ber of con­di­tions: one require­ment (a clear for­mu­la­tion of the cri­te­ri­on) and three pro­hi­bi­tions – a pro­hi­bi­tion on sub­jec­tive assess-ment, on dis­cus­sion about cri­te­ria, and on abso­l­u­tiz­ing a cri­te­ri­on.

Key­words: progress, social progress, assess-ments, social devel­op­ment, progress cri­te­ria

DOI: 10.32326/2618–9267–2021–4–2–25–29


This research was per­formed accord­ing to the Devel­op­ment Pro­gram of the Inter­dis­ci­pli­nary Sci­en­tif­ic and Edu­ca­tion­al School of Moscow Uni­ver­si­ty «Preser­va­tion of the World Cul­tur­al and His­tor­i­cal Her­itage».


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