Social Evolution as a Fundamental Notion of the Social Philosophy (in Connection with the 50th Anniversary Report of the Club of Rome)

Publication type Article
Status Published
Occupation: Chief researcher
Institute of philosophy, RAS
Lomonosov Moscow State University
Address: Russian Federation, Moscow
Journal nameVoprosy filosofii
EditionIssue 12

The global crisis of civilization sharply exacerbated the biosocial problem. In the development of social theories, however, its fundamental paradox does not find proper reflection: the society has grown out of the terrestrial biological system, which remains its vital basis. But its development is destroying it, leading to death, and thus the society is killing itself. This suicidal development direction is obvious. But there is no decisive resistance to this. To change the current course of development of the Earth civilization, it is necessary to change the mass consciousness, its negative features such as irrepressible consumerism, aggressiveness. But first of all, we must change the consciousness of the world political, economic, intellectual elite and, first of all, our philosophical consciousness. In the materials of the 50th Anniversary Report of the Club of Rome, the threats of the global crisis are thoroughly revealed, the need for a «new worldview», a «new philosophy» is underlined. However, the measures proposed in it leave out the most acute points of the biosocial problem. And it is from their decision the fate of earthly civilization depends. The necessary change in mass consciousness means a change in the nature of man. Is it possible? This is the extraordinary difficulty of the task of transition to a new stage in the development of the society. The author considers the debatable issues of this problem, the possibility of human transformation in the process of anthropotechnological evolution.

Keywordsglobal crisis, social theory, 50th Anniversary Summit of the Club of Rome, anthropotechnological evolution
AcknowledgmentThe paper was prepared with the support of the Russian Foundation for Basic Research, project № 18-011-00980 “The social evolution and progress in the social philosophy: the inerdisciplinary synthesis”.
Publication date20.12.2018
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