Sociocultural Grounds for Transforming the Concept of “Man Without Essence”

  • T. I. GritskevichEmail author
  • V. M. Zolotukhin
  • E. F. Kazakov
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Part of the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies book series (SIST, volume 139)


Interest in the anthropological concept of “man without essence” is based on the collapse of a number of ontological and socio-cultural foundations of life, which believe the loss of a person’s ability to realize his unique essence, the unclaimed analogy with God (the ability to creativity and the creation of new subjects), the transformation of speech and communicative models of human interaction in the direction of simplification and Attempts Of V. Grishin, A. Tuman-Nikiforov, A.K. Moskatova to build cataphaticism anthropology, by making a conceptual certainty to uncertainty human gave clear solution to the problem of loss of human awareness of their uniqueness, proved ineffective. Interest T. Katyukhina, D.O. Bokova, N.H. Rostovoy to the processes of leveling the essential features of the individual and the need for new ideas to fill the content of the human soul of the subject of technocratic cybersecurity society (social networks, intellectual decision-making program for the person) was the basis for the actualization of apophatic anthropology. On the basis of socio-philosophical analysis of the concept of “man without essence” the authors investigated the problems of identification and actualization of the human essence, the relationship of the generic essence and individual-group existence. The main results of the study, the authors presented the approval of the paradoxical nature, the incomprehensibility of the man himself and at the same time, in large measure, the comprehensibility indirectly through his creation. The essence of the person is, but it is infinite, indefinable, unspeakable through a discourse. Perhaps the man – novoposelkovaja essence, lost in infinity. It is likely that the essence of man Malayasia because she neoformans. If a person is a God-man, and the divine appears to be his human-superhuman essence, then one can say that his essence resides (to a large extent) outside/superhuman. The divine in fullness is present in the soul of mankind. The essence of man-generic, and existence-individual-group (communicative). It is at the level of the human soul that its essential characteristics (mind, morality, creativity, religiosity, sense of beauty) reside continuously and in fullness throughout history. The essence is at the level of the human race, concretizing, actualizing, to varying degrees, at the level of the individual and the group. Lose the generic essence of mankind cannot, means cannot rustelematics (as opposed to the individual, of ethnic existence). The essence of man is integral, present in its depth, completeness and continuity only at its generic level; and manifested, with greater or lesser completeness and constancy, on a single (individual), or a special (group) level. All the most important features of the human essence may not be present in one person, group, but are present in humanity.


Human Humanity Nature The self Existence Soul Body God The individual The family Simulacrum Katapetasma anthropology Apophatic anthropology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. I. Gritskevich
    • 1
    Email author
  • V. M. Zolotukhin
    • 2
  • E. F. Kazakov
    • 1
  1. 1.Departments of Philosophy, Institute of HistoryPublic Administration and International Relations Kemerovo State UniversityKemerovoRussian Federation
  2. 2.Department of History, Philosophy and Social SciencesKuzbass State Technical University named after T. F. GorbachevKemerovoRussian Federation

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