nihilism

  • Significance of the Social Vision of Great People in Times of Political Transition

    Author: Konrad Wyszkowski
    Institution: University of Warsaw (Poland)
    Year of publication: 2016
    Source: Show
    Pages: 22-31
    DOI Address: http://dx.doi.org/10.15804/ppsy2016002
    PDF: ppsy/45/ppsy2016002.pdf

    The author offers a new approach to a phenomenon of social legends of great individuals from a philosophical point of view. He starts with a presentation of his interpretation of the concept of the Platonic tradition of a divine man and a cult or hagiography of such men in the ideal Platonic state, alongside with an explanation, inspired by Platonic authors. He collates this concept and its justification (rationalization) with today’s social and political reception of axiology, in order to present it as an epiphany of higher values. He collates it also with the results of philosophical reflection on a ductility of history, in order to show it as a prototype of something real in its historical efficiency. The author ends with summary and explanation of his proposal. 

  • The Experience of Young Adults in Heading toward the “New Normal”: “I Can Imagine Myself Getting Old with a Mask on My Face”

    Author: Rita Vaičekauskaitė
    Institution: Klaipeda University
    ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4578-5692
    Author: Jon Stewart
    Institution: Slovak Academy of Sciences
    ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9166-5558
    Author: Lina Gedrimė
    Institution: Klaipeda University
    ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5548-1524
    Author: Jurgita Babarskienė
    Institution: LCC International University
    ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4032-1899
    Year of publication: 2021
    Source: Show
    Pages: 187-211
    DOI Address: https://doi.org/10.15804/kie.2021.04.11
    PDF: kie/134/kie13411.pdf

    The COVID-19 pandemic is recognized as one of the most dramatic global health, social, and economic crises of the last decades, and maybe the whole century. Therefore, it is obvious that there is a need to examine the constructs of new thinking, new ways of life, and new behavior, which will help people not only to overcome the pandemic but also to build a future after it. The words isolation, quarantine, social distancing, lockdown, masks, antibodies, and zoom meeting quickly became the keywords of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this article, which is based on an analysis of the scientific literature and interviews, we ask whether new behavioral patterns such as social distancing, mask-wearing, online communication, and others might become the “new normal”. However, what might be perceived as the “new normal” to some, may seem like social absurdity to others. Thus, with an open-minded approach, we analyze the “new normal” as a complex, controversial, and evolving concept.

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