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"Philosophy of Education"

2014 year, number 3

Prolegomena to the analysis of the consciousness crisis in the conditions of education globalization

L. D. Rasskazov
V. F. Voyno-Yasenetsky Krasnoyarsk State Medical University of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, str. of K. Marx street, 124, Krasnoyarsk, 660049, Russia
Keywords: globalization, global problems, crisis, crisis consciousness, model of the analysis of the consciousness crisis, education, prolegomena, consciousness


The purpose of the article is to offer an effective author's concept of the analysis of the crisis of consciousness in the context of education globalization. The main point of the article is to prove that cognition and knowledge is derived categories from the category of consciousness. A shift of accents from the cognitive process in which knowledge is discovered by students to the didactic process when knowledge is transmitted to students leads to the progressing trend of broadcasting knowledge, usually in a speculative, distorted form with the emptied content and serves, wittingly or unwittingly, the interests of the consumer society ideologues. The problem is that education within the growing trends of the consumer society is also being endowed with the categories of consumption and its properties and qualities. This is reflected in the dominance of didactic methods over the heuristic ones. Today consciousness is still a category not completely studied and occupies a subordinate position with respect to cognition and knowledge, while cognition is a derivative function of consciousness and, respectively, knowledge is a result of the cognitive process. Consciousness, as a rule, is thought of on the basis of the materialistic point of view or the idealist one. In either case it is treated either in a simplistic, fragmented fashion or in accordance with the concept of the active subject. Education today is facing a crisis that has touched the whole education in the world, and education in Russia, in particular. It is expressed in the fact that there will be no return to the old system, while the new system is only in its infancy. Having entered an era called globalization, the society, from the standpoint of education, is called the knowledge society or the information society. Education, despite the pedagogical and scientific achievements, traditions, technology, a special cultural institution of society, is behind the rapid changes in the socio-political and economic life. The author has made an attempt to present his own vision of education and the problems of modern society on the basis of works of domestic and foreign philosophers and scientists. The presented prolegomena can be applied to the study of theoretical problems and solving practical problems of education in the crisis conditions.