From Creative Altruistic Love to the Ethics of Responsibility

  • Emiliana Mangone
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The end-point of Sorokin’s articulated work is represented by the fact that the present juncture of societal transformation is in need of “humanity”. The Russian-American sociologist had an “intuition” synthesizable in the following statement: the future of humanity and its development is in the hands of humanity itself. Neither law nor education, much less religion, economics, or science, is up to this task. According to Sorokin, change must start from the rediscovery of the positive values of man, and science acts as a guide, also by overcoming strictly sensuous knowledge models. His is not just a sociology of the crisis. It is a “critical sociology” not limited to the analysis of the degenerative processes of society, but that seeks their deep roots by denouncing the negative factors causing them. Applying these assumptions implies understanding the mechanisms through which human beings make their own decisions. These dynamics highlight the problems of the choice and of the ethics of responsibility, as well as the role of science and researchers.


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  • Emiliana Mangone
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  1. 1.Department of Human, Philosophic and Education Sciences (DISUFF)University of SalernoSalernoItaly

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