The Civilization at a Crossroads
Peer Reviewed
Open Access
Field of study
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Sociology
Politics and Social Change
The Civilization at a Crossroads Constructing the Paradigm Shift
Gennady Shkliarevsky
Field of study
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Sociology
Politics and Social Change
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The book addresses the broad issue of sustainability of our civilization and seeks to contribute to the ongoing discussion of what many see as its systemic crisis. There is a broad agreement that new creative ideas, initiatives, and solutions are essential for dealing with the current problems. However, despite this recognition, we still know very little about the process of creation and how it works. As a result, our civilization fails to harness the enormous creative potential of humanity. This failure, the book argues, is the main source of our current problems—languishing economy, deteriorating environment, continued violence, the deficit of democracy, and the lack of new fundamental breakthroughs in science. It examines some of these problems and demonstrates the connection between them and our failure to embrace the process of creation. The book offers a perspective that sheds light on the process of creation. It pays special attention to the theoretical contributions of Jean Piaget and the ongoing discussions of knowledge production that help us understand better how the process of creation works. The central argument of the book is that in order to solve our current problems and ensure the sustainability of our civilization well into the future we must embrace the process of creation and make it the central organizing principle of our social practice. Finally, the book provides an outline of the principal changes that the adoption of the new social practice organized around the process of creation will involve.

Copyright License CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication
Type of Publication Monograph (standalone)
Peer Review Status Double blind, Completed
Keywords process of creation, knowledge production, sustainability, power, knowledge creation organization, hierarchies and networks
Audience General Audiences
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