Inequality: Strategies of Overcoming

Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 50:459-467 (2008)
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The inequality as a social problem was in focus of attention of social philosophers since the early years of modern history when a person has ceased to perceive the social hierarchy as pre-established one and has understood the opportunity of its re-determination. Investigators studied in detail different aspects of the problem but their discussions were centered on the question about foundation of inequality. I argue that if we allow the possibility of change of the social positions as the main characteristic of contemporary society the primary attention should be directed on what criteria this or that society is ranged of its members andhow is it possible for a person or for a group/community to change its own position. The object of my paper is to drawn the possible strategies of work on inequality and to explore of what might be used to overcome of inequality. I consider it is possible to distinguish three groups of strategies in use to work through a problem of inequality: (1) The strategies of overcoming of inequality; (2) The strategies of maintenance of inequality; (3) The strategies of justification of inequality. These strategies will examine about how they could be applied and what outcomes it would be followed with. Special attention will give to the ideas formulated by P. Bourdien, F. Fukuyama, F. Parkin of those ways thanks to which equality/inequality are balanced. In conclusion I raise the question of the overcoming of inequality in light of the stable development of human society



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