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Metaphor of society (a sociological essay)

Osipov G.V.

5 (35), 2014

Osipov G.V. Metaphor of society (a sociological essay). Economic and Social Changes: Facts, Trends, Forecast, 2014, no. 5 (35), pp. 22-32. DOI: 10.15838/esc/2014.5.35.2

DOI: 10.15838/esc/2014.5.35.2

Abstract   |   Authors   |   References
The essay by Academician G.V. Osipov, who is the patriarch of Russian sociology, is dedicated to one of the most cognitive topics of modern sociology – identification of sociological metaphor as such and its application in research projects. This topic is avant-garde for the world sociological thought, and in Russia such kind of research is making its first steps. However, its future importance is difficult to overestimate. Sociological metaphor, if a methodology for its application is developed, can provide scientists with qualitatively new synthetic research tools. It can also bring together scientific structures and artifacts on the space of interdisciplinary and inter-subject borderland and give them qualitatively new intellectual and sensuous (system and mental) technological capabilities for learning the surrounding world. The advantage of the following essay can be found in the fact that it is based on the objective analysis of the real embodiment of social metaphor in the work of art – a pictorial triptych “The Mystery of the 21st Century”. This is the first such experience in domestic sociological and artistic-painting practice. The authors of the final product are a scientist of great scientific and life experience and a young artist, who received in-depth sociological training and defended his Ph.D. in Sociology dissertation. But the main result of their collaboration is a product that combines scientific (sociological) knowledge and insight and intuitive-creative artistic perception in a qualitatively new perception of the world and world outlook

Keywords

knowledge, science, metaphor, sociality, cognition, artifact, painting, synthetic tools, perception of the world, world outlook, nominative image, maxim, epistemological privileges, literature, language, thought, composition, tragedy, text

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