Post-totalitarian Situation: Totalitarian Virtualization vs Democratic Free Thinking?

  • Olha Gomilko H.S. Skovoroda Institute of Philosophy, NAS of Ukraine.
Keywords: totalitarianism, post-totalitarian discourse, virtualization of man, virtual reallity

Abstract

This article considers the phenomenon of totalitarian and post-totalitarian thinking with the connection of the problem of virtualization of individual, as universal integrity inherent to totalitarian regimes may exist only when real word gives way to virtual reality. The author claims that such virtualization of man is inherent not only to totalitarian societies but becomes a result of any rational practice. The same way, totalitarianism is not just a regrettable mistake of the history but the universal potential version of social and cultural development for every society relying solely upon rational principles. This treat particularly concerns the modern globalized civilization with its trend to supplant an individual with various virtual substitutes and to disintegration of individual’s lifeworld.

Author Biography

Olha Gomilko, H.S. Skovoroda Institute of Philosophy, NAS of Ukraine.

PhD, Professor, Leading Research Fellow at the Department of Philosophy of Culture, Ethics, and Aesthetics

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Philosophy. The Journal of the Royal Institute of Philosophy (2010), vol. 85, no. 331, p. 2.
Published
2017-11-22
How to Cite
Gomilko, O. (2017). Post-totalitarian Situation: Totalitarian Virtualization vs Democratic Free Thinking?. Filosofska Dumka, (2), 105-111. Retrieved from https://dumka.philosophy.ua/index.php/fd/article/view/278