Modern medical praxis: mythologization, demiraclization, remythologization, or medicine at the crossroads again

Vladimir Yur’evich Lebedev
Alexey Vasil’evich Fedoroff
PhD in philosophy, professor, the Tver’ State University
(ulica Gjelyabova, dom 33, Tver, Russia, 170023)
assistant, Laboratory multidisciplinary research in biosociology and biophilosophy, Russian Phylosophical society
(ulica Goncharnaya, dom 12, stroenie 1, Moscow, Russia, 119991)

Lebedev V. Y., Fedoroff A. V. Modern medical praxis: mythologization, demiraclization, remythologization, or medicine at the crossroads again, Religiya. Tserkov’. Obshchestvo. Issledovaniya i publikatsii po teologii i religii [Religion. Church. Society: Research and publications in the field of theology and religious studies], Saint-Petersburg, 2015, vol. 4, pp. 70–93.

doi: 10.24411/2308-0698-2015-00005

Language: Russian

The modern sociocultural situation is characterized by the medicalization of number of human life’s areas. Carriers of neomythological consciousness create the world outlook basis of such perception, therefore the institutionalized medicine nowadays is perceived as new quasireligion.
The carriers of neomythological consciousness having scanty conceptions of religion and medicine create a huge number of the syncretic phenomena. These phenomena are analyzed in article from the viewpoint of bio-sociology and bio-semiotics. Such methodological approach is defined by conditions of internal scientific dynamics and necessity of “methodological audit” of number of basic concepts included in both medical and religious praxis.
Results of such theoretical analysis allow finding similarity between a modern religious and medical praxis. In addition, authors speak about the predictive importance of the received conclusions. The transition affecting areas of a medical and religious praxis is a social challenge. The worthy reply to it is the necessity dictated by circumstance of post secular society.
In practical relation authors declare the necessity of exclusion of elements of mythic-magical mentality that can be reached by a support on theological religiosity and scientific rationality.
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Key words: Medical praxis, medicalization of culture, physic, post-secular, neo- mythological renaissance


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