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Marina Guseltsevaa 1
  • 1 a FBSSI Psychological Institute of the Russian Academy of Education, 9, Bld 4, Mokhovaya Str., Moscow, 125009, Russian Federation

Self-discipline Practices in a Transitive Society: Stoic Renaissance and Scandinavization of Consumption

2020. Vol. 17. No. 3. P. 478–499 [issue contents]
The transdisciplinary approach is a methodology and practice that connects various aspects of research about a person and the transformations of his lifeworld. The transdisciplinary approach serves as a conceptual framework for the analysis of small cultural movements in which transformations of the subjectivity and lifestyles of contemporary human occur. The renaissance of the philosophy and practice of stoicism is discussed. It is proved that stoicism, neo-stoicism and the new (modern) stoicism are a constructive response to the crises of transitive society. Small cultural movements in transitive society become initiators of latent changes, creators of new values ​​and normative models. As an example of such movements, stoicism and neo-stoicism are considered from the perspective of the subject’s self-development and self-discipline practices which arose initially in the Hellenistic era and then revived in Dutch society of the 17th century. Focusing on the awareness and integrity of life, overcoming the fragmentation of worldview, the demand for justice, moral duty, self-creation and subjectivity in transitive society explain the relevance of the philosophical teachings of the Stoics today. Stoicism is characterized by practical effectiveness, helps to build meaningful life guidelines, helps harmonize the individual and social in a person, harmonizes personal and planetary identities. It is hypothesized that the current "scandinavianization" of consumption is a kind of cultural movement of the new Stoicism. It is argued that the trends of global changes that have become the focus of various sciences (from economics to philosophy) require reflection, firstly, from the side of psychology, and secondly, within the conceptual framework of the transdisciplinary approach. The first perspective allows us to focus precisely on changes in human subjectivity (missed by those sciences that observe transformations on the scale of institutions and structures), the second comprehends the ongoing processes from the perspective of the integrity and inclusion of these phenomena in their network and contextual relationships.
Citation: Guseltsevaa M. (2020) Praktiki samodistsipliny v tranzitivnom obshchestve: stoicheskiy renessans i skandinavizatsiya potrebleniya [Self-discipline Practices in a Transitive Society: Stoic Renaissance and Scandinavization of Consumption]. Psychology. Journal of Higher School of Economics, vol. 17, no 3, pp. 478-499 (in Russian)
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