Symbolization as Contextual Synthesis of Political Ontology, Political Epistemology and Political Language

 
PIIS086904990011581-1-1
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Occupation: Professor
Affiliation: Department of Political Science at National Research University “Higher School of Economics”
Address: 20, Myasnitskaya st., Moscow, 101000, Russian Federation
Journal nameObshchestvennye nauki i sovremennost
EditionIssue 6
Pages45-57
Abstract

The author displays that due to symbolic thinking people can act at the same time bothe as subjects and objects of social life. The article proves that the analysis of the language of politics, the competence of politics, and political information are considered by the academic community as independent modes of political reality. However, the political actors speak, think and know in political context simultaneously. Therefore, the conceptual focus of the research isn’t on the political ontology, epistemology and semantics as such but on the relationships in the political community. It is shown that the symbolic space of politics emerges as a spontaneous nonconventional social interaction creating a stable (and already conventional) model of relations, which isn’t fi xed in the framework of the positivist approach. The author argues that the understanding of language as a social symbolization goes beyond the perception of political character as a “world view” or “mirror of reality.” The process of political symbolization is a collective interaction of meanings not just reproducing the existing meanings but generating new ones as well. This gives the political symbolization a universal communicative function.

Keywordspolitical symbolization, symbol, criticism of positivism, the symbolic synthesis, political reality, political imagination, political communication
Received15.09.2020
Publication date17.12.2015
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