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Theoretical and Applied Economics
No. 7 / 2011 (560)

The Decline of Modernity

„The paradigm of rationalized materialism, as an expression formaking progress economical which has reached the stage where the increase of wealth is pursued at any cost, has depleted its consistency; the global crisis representing the point of collapse of the economic systems which were generated by the first modernity.”

The pervading feeling today, especially among economists, is that the direction taken by scientific research is a debatable one. The voluntary restraining of thematic fields to the mainstream theory's sphere of significance, in order to insure guarantees when certifying relevance, and the creation of exclusive circuits for presenting the results of research, in order to obtain acceptance in the field of information, are the practices most suspected of negative consequences. Associating these means with the one for recognizing the performance of various careers, as it happens in academic education, complicates even more the negative perception, despite a certain voluntary conformation. This is because, even though sociologically argued, that which is considered the right of a scientific community to standardize understanding and to validate explicative models has become a mean for supporting the exclusivism of a theory or of a trend in research.


The Decline of Modernity
Marin Dinu

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