Searching for a New Way of Thinking about Society

A Noospheric Social Quality Orientation for Development toward Sustainability

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  • 1 Plekhanov Russian Academy of Economics bobkovvn@mail.ru
  • 2 All-Russian Centre of Living Standards bobkovnv@bk.ru
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Abstract

The currently accepted global wisdom holds that the most important and decisive challenge for humankind is to reach sustainable circumstances; societal, geophysical, and biophysical. However, there is little readiness to go beyond the inherited fundamental assumptions of a “modern industrial capitalist market society.” This is oriented on the commodification and marketization of natural and cultural resources for making profit. Seen from a Russian perspective, this article argues that this approach causes a destruction of sustainable living conditions. The social quality approach, the Russian interpretation of quality of life approach, and the noosphere paradigm of global societal development offer space for considerations that questions the dominant socioeconomic and financial societal practices not only on the phenomenological level. Instead, the authors name gnoseological, ontological, and axiological prerequisites of sustainable global societal development. This will contribute to the wider and diverse debates on what can be called people’s humanistic socialism.

Contributor Notes

Vyacheslav Nikolayevitch Bobkov is a Professor at the Plekhanov Russian Academy of Economics and an Honoured Scientist of the Russian Federation. He is the General Director of the All-Russian Centre of Living Standards. E-mail: bobkovvn@mail.ru

Nikolay Vyacheslavovich Bobkov has a PhD in economics and is a Senior Research Associate at the All-Russian Centre of Living Standards. E-mail: bobkovnv@bk.ru

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