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What are the problems and dilemmas that confront man in the age of science? Will he be able to control the rapid course of scientific and technological progress or will he become a victim of scientistic manipulations? How does science relate to humanistic principles.
The author examines the problems of the ethics of science and the socio-ethical and humanistic principles governing man’s scientific cognition with reference to modern biology (especially genetic engineering, experiments on man and psychophysiology).
The moral and philosophical meaning of human life, death and immortality constitute a distinct theme. Aside from considering scientific evidence the author also examines the relevant traditions in the history of Russian culture in approaching these “eternal” questions (Lev Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Vladimir Soloviev, Nikolay Fedorov). He anticipates a new synthesis of man, science and humanism within the culture of the human race in the future.
Professor, Doctor of Philosophy and a Corresponding Member of the USSR Academy
of Sciences, is a member of the European Society of Culture (SEC). Born in Department
of Philosophy at Moscow University. From 1968 to 1977 he was Editor-in-Chief of Voprosy
filosofii. He is currently Chairman of the Scientific Council of the Presidium of the
Academy of Sciences of the USSR for Philosophical and Social Problems of Science and Technology.
His major works include Philosiphical Problems in Contemporary Biology (1961); Essays on the
Methodology of Biological Research (1965); Genetics and Dialectics (1968); Contemporary Science
and Humanism (1974); Scientific Progress and the Future of Mankind (1975); Human Perspectives
(1979; 1983); Global Problems and the Future of Mankind (in English, Hindi, and Finnish Progress
Publishers, Moscow, 1982, 1984).