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Transliteration of original Title: 
Zdravyy smysl i irratsional'noe
Elena Zolotuhina-Abolina
Southern Federal University
Issue number: 
No. 2 (Vol. 48)

The paper is devoted to the problem of the relations between the common sense and the various forms of the Irrational: contradictory and absurd situations, paranormal experience, depersonalization and excessive passion. First of all, the author precises the concept of common sense, distinguishing it from the so-called everyday conscience. The difference is in the personal and responsible character of the common sense thought and behaviour. The common sense is described as a extraordinary flexible instrument of the practical life and a particular phenomenon of the rationality. The paper demonstrates that the common sense is stable. It can be examinated and seduced by the very different irrational situations which might destroy it. But the common sense can save itself even in the paranormal experience and quit from the social daily absurd because it isn't merely logic, - it has capacity to the interpretation, humour and playing. 

However, the common sense cannot survive any demolition of the personality or diminution of its roles. The author examines psychological phemomena including the hypertrophy of emotion and will. It will be shown that too strong passions and loss of self controlling makes the common sense step back. The formal rule of bureaucracy is also the moment which pushs the common sense aside.

common sense, the rational, the irrational, emotions, passions, absurd, paradox, paranormal situations

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