Master-Slave Dialectic and Russian Way of Industrial-Postindustrial Transition


  • Sergey B. Kulikov Dean of University-wide faculty Tomsk State Pedagogical University, Russia



Social development, Knowledge, Anxiety, Russia, Economy


In social sciences, the modeling of industrial-postindustrial transition preserves its topical character. In this context, Russian society demonstrates the transition of industrial society into postindustrial or knowledge-based society, which allowed constructing innovative economy. The essence of processes within development of knowledge-based society and innovative economy depends on so-called Master-Slave dialectic. In Europe, Master-Slave dialectic caused the leading role of scientists. In Russia, scientists depended on Government and played the secondary role in economy. As a result, an author discussed the social forms, which caused the modern social progress, for instance, the future of European democracy in interpretation by William Outhwaite


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