What is it about?

The purpose of this paper is to represent an epistemological analysis of Russian sociological scholarship. The analytical approach that allows reducing the particular representations within the sum of propositions is the methodological base of the paper. Clearing of propositional attitudes explains the basic communications in a thought of researchers. The circle of grounds available to achievement of intuitively noticed purposes defines the preferences of researchers in general.

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The author proves that the theoretical developments in the Russian sociology are possible as a derivative from the development of questions, which are raised nowadays in worldwide science, but possible in a view of original development of questions, which were raised in worldwide science in the past. The Russian sociology represents a part of the European humanities, which is based on the various forms of theoretical combat or agonality. The author shows the ways out of the theoretical combat or agonality. The research clarifies the perspectives for increasing of the knowledge-based society in Russia.


The author analyzes the concept of Russia as a paradigmatic society, particularly in the context of transition economies. In general, the author concludes that the pro-argument with respect to theoretical developments is weaker than the contra-argument with respect to theoretical developments. This paper has revealed the model within which extreme positions can be reconciled.

Dr. Sergey B. Kulikov
Tomsk State Pedagogical University

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This page is a summary of: Russian agon and the quest for theoretical sociology, foresight, August 2017, Emerald,
DOI: 10.1108/fs-12-2016-0062.
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