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Searching for a New Way of Thinking about Society

A Noospheric Social Quality Orientation for Development toward Sustainability

Vyacheslav Nikolayevitch Bobkov and Nikolay Vyacheslavovich Bobkov

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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.

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connect this paradigm with the social quality approach and the Russian interpretation of the quality of life approach. According to the authors, this will deliver an alternative for the one-sided capitalistic orientation on the commodification and

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Brexit, Sustainability, Economics, Companies’ Responsibilities, and Current Representations

contribution? In other words, the referendum avoided the issue of how to change the dominant economic paradigm of neoliberal market economics with its inclination to the commodification of natural phenomena that result in overfishing the world’s oceans

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The Rule of Law—A Heuristic Perspective?

impossible. In that case, everything on Earth will remain subjected to the commodification as condition for making profit with global market mechanisms. Worthwhile for this rethinking is the study by Stanley Elkins and Eric McKitrick about the process

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The Limits to Cheating History

Changing the Reference for Accounting

Peter Herrmann

family ideology. On the one hand, this family ideology is extremely conservative, but on the other, it is so by way of limiting the dominance of capitalist commodification within this sphere. Though, with qualification, we can say that the family, because

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Social Quality

Regaining Political Economy

Peter Herrmann

value has to be seen against the background of commodification. This process is not only a matter of attributing two different kinds of values to goods and services as it is expressed in the distinction between use value and exchange value. Cum grano

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The Evolution of 20 Years of Social Quality Thinking

facto current dominance of utilitarian-oriented economic thinking (and interests) for the socioenvironmental dimension. Under existing circumstances (ceteris paribus), this will stimulate an increasing commodification and marketization of aspects of the