The concept of sustainable development as the representation of postmodernism

Vestnik MGSU 9/2013
  • Potapov Aleksandr Dmitrievich - Moscow State University of Civil Engineering (MGSU) Doctor of Technical Sciences, Professor, Head, Department of Engineering Geology and Geoecology, Moscow State University of Civil Engineering (MGSU), 26 Yaroslavskoe shosse, Moscow, 129337, Russian Federation; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
  • Ryabova Svetlana Sergeevna - Academy of Public Administration of the President of the Republic of Belarus (Academy of Management) Senior Lecturer, Department of Management of Regional Development, Academy of Public Administration of the President of the Republic of Belarus (Academy of Management), 17 Moskovskaya st., Minsk, 220007, Republic of Belarus; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Pages 70-78

The authors study the philosophical correlation between postmodernism and the concept of sustainable development. The author assesses modernism as the place of origin of postmodernism and its basic principles. The author also demonstrates the principal laws of sustainable development as the opposition to the global ecological crisis. Postmodernism is perceived as the most adequate expression of the intellectual and emotional personification of the epoch. Besides, philosophical postmodernism strives to act as the general theory of the modern art. As a result, postmodernism is regarded as the expression of the spirit of the time in all spheres of human life: art, sociology, science, economics, politics, etc. It has been identified that since the acceptance of the Rio Declaration, its results have been discussed for over 20 years. Spiritual fundamentals of modernism include commonsense, progress, and emancipation. In their turn, postmodernists believe that these ideas have been perverted in their new European version, as it represents the ideology of the consumer society and the “Gold Billion”. Criticism of three fundamentals of modernism and postmodernism, and the main provisions of the concept of sustainable development, considered by the authors, serve as the confirmation of the authors’ assumption that sustainable development is the expression of postmodernism.

DOI: 10.22227/1997-0935.2013.9.70-78

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