¹ 4, 2016
O.Kildyushov acknowledges that the book under review is more of a monument to the socio-theoretical thought than an up-to-date study of discursive forms of particular religious rationality. At the same time, he is convinced that its appearance in the Russian-language scientific and cultural space will be useful not only for historians of sociology, but also for sinologists and researchers of religion, because the book offers an interesting framework for macrosociological interpretation of the world history of the spirit that is still of high heuristic value today. Although modern theoretical Sinology has revised several provisions of Weber's analysis, the way Weber reconstructed Confucianism as rational secular ethics on the other side of the transcendent remains a powerful concept for explaining the specifics of the Chinese spiritual composition and Chinese people’s ideas about themselves and the world.
¹ 1, 2016
This article discusses the heuristic problems associated with revealing the role of war in the process of (re)production and transformation of the social order. Since war has only recently become an independent subject of social theory (despite the obvious importance of the organized violence in the historical dynamics of the modern societies), O.Kildyushov resorts to the analysis of the texts of the old and new classics that emphasized the social functionality of war or used military lenses for explication of the essence of the socio-economic and power relations – Thomas Hobbes, Carl von Clausewitz, Carl Schmitt and Michel Foucault. The author shows that the works of these political thinkers are able to act as important heuristic resources for understanding the socio-productive effects of war.
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