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
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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