INFRASTRUCTURAL REVOLUTION IN PHILOSOPHY: ATHENS FROM THE HEAD OF ZEUS?

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Transliteration of original Title: 
Infrastrukturnaya revolyutsiya v filosofii: Afina iz golovy Zevsa?
Author(s): 
Ilya Kasavin
Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences
Issue number: 
No. 3 (Vol. 41)
Pages: 
5-17
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Today philosophy is not particularly concerned with philosophical problems but with ones of its social existence. Is this a sign of our times? Apparently it is, for "the eternal question" whether the philosophy is science has been decisively solved today. Philosophy is the complete science taken as a social institution, no more an amateurish enterprise; in its current social status it does not differ from general linguistics, theoretical sociology, civil history, pure mathematics. Philosophy has to justify its topicality, theoretical relevance, necessity for certain theoretical innovations in the context of modern scientific problems. At the same time philosophy has to establish its practical relevance, i.e., the applicability to meet the socio-political, economic, cultural and information needs. Its ability for this is doubtful for officials and laymen, but is important for philosophy as ever. It appears that it is here to look for specifics of modern philosophy: it is located within the common destiny with modern science, culture as a whole.
The ongoing science reform has set the philosophers (and other scientists) to the new realities, and they develop the necessary mechanisms of adaptation. There is nothing wrong with improving the Russian Science Index (RINZ) to the international level, in creating new systems of indexing and the inclusion of at least parts of them in a global database. The same is for establishing new science foundations and other sources to support science. The promoting of Russian scientific journals will be also a step in the right direction. But it should not be forgotten: the scientific infrastructure must grow slowly, in communication with scientists and not be born like Athena from the head of Zeus. For this to work, one needs not just to subordinate a recalcitrant population Universe of knowledge to one’s political will. The involving in infrastructure transformation must be a social program for living people with their passion for scientific research – authors, grantees, future leaders of ratings, motivated scientists. Otherwise, there will only a bureaucratic infrastructure dropped from the top without any human agent.

Keywords: 
science, infrastructure, science funds, scientific ranking, scientific journals, peer review, open access
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