The Consequences of the Underestimation of Technical Progress and Political System for the Individual’s Free Identity
Bibliographic Description: Jūratė Sabašinskaitė, „Techninės pažangos bei politinės santvarkos neįvertinimo pasekmės laisvai tapatybei“, @eitis (lt), 2016, t. 479, ISSN 2424-421X.
Previous Edition: Jūratė Sabašinskaitė, „Techninės pažangos bei politinės santvarkos neįvertinimo pasekmės laisvai tapatybei“, Logos, 2011, nr. 67, p. 211–222, ISSN 0868-7692.
Institutional Affiliation: Vytauto Didžiojo universitetas.
Summary. This article discusses the features of the modern era that significantly influenced the formation of an individual identity. It analyzes how the human being as an individual lost its value because of the progress of science and prevalent domination of the instrumental mind. Moreover, it discusses how the state policy, which has a decisive voice, becomes the determinant in a person’s life. It is stated that nothing changed after the era had been called postmodern: the same problems remained, becoming even more covered. This article is based on the ideas of such philosophers and critics of the modern era as Ch. Taylor and A. MacIntyre about the influence of the politics to the individuals who lost the control of their destiny. As well the article considers the critics of A. Giddens who underestimated the instrumental mind which appeared because of technical advancement.
Keywords: freedom, identity, instrumental mind, politics, consumption, science, Anthony Giddens, Charles Taylor, Alasdair MacIntyre.