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This edition of Theoria encompasses an examination of the character of historical enquiry, critical encounters with contemporary perspectives in political theory, reflections on religion and the state, an exploration of the implications of the commodification of time and work and an examination of the role of human rights in the contemporary international context. In this it extends discussion of themes that have come to define the coherence and unity of the journal as an editorial project.

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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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Pettman, Dominic. Infinite Distraction

Paying Attention to Social Media

Conor Heaney

render its scale wider than ever before. Whether on Facebook, Tinder, Twitter, or Instagram: compulsory self-commodification and visibility (Foucault’s panoptic nightmare) is, increasingly, the only game in town. Our participation in the ‘virtual world

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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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Teppo Eskelinen

probabilities. This statistical perception of reality is the basis of commodification of risks, and modern finance more generally. 3 Thus a distinction is made between uncertainty and risk: uncertainty is understood in financial economics as a condition in

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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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Blake Ewing

compete or struggle with each other.” 53 To move from historical to political theory, we see that in relation to the politicization of our horizons is an adjacent durational politics—of the clock, the calendar, and time’s commodification. 54 There is