CitizenRights In Russia
CitizensRights In Russia
Theconceptof ethicsin relationto nihilismhas quitea numberof factorsthat comeinto playespeciallyin theRussian society.With thisin mind,theconceptof nihilismandintelligentsia becomequitecontradictoryandhardto understand.Thisis by puttingin mindthatthetraditionalRussian societyandmoraloutlookinfluencethesociety’swayof thinkingoroutlook.Nihilismis a conceptthat has beenexplainedthrough variousreligiousconcepts.With this,intelligentsia is identifiedas theonlyreflectionandexpressionof it(Frank,1994).
Despitethereligiousbeliefsandconceptsderived,quitea numberof factorsexplainedare usuallynot clear.Thesefactorsincludethecontradicting factorsthat arisewhenthegodsare mention,their existenceandbelievethatallwhatissaidabout religionis superstition(Frank,1994).Theintelligenceacquiredfrom scienceis one of thefactorsthat bringabout thescientificwayof thinkingandfrom thisitisrealizedthatreligion,art,andpurescienceare incompatiblewhenitcomesto matterspertainingto moralism. Frank, (1994 p.132) claims that, “Both the politicaland moral crisis demand with equal urgency that we subject theRussian intelligentsia’s spiritual life to a thoughtful anddispassionate examination.” Itisrealizedthat,“Morality, moral judgment and moral themes occupy quite anexceptional place in the Russian intelligent soul.”(Frank, 1994,p.133). This,therefore,raisesthequestion,Howcan moralityandmoraljudgmentexistwithout anyreligiousbackgrounds?.Scientificthinkingandreligiousthinkinghaveoftencontradictedeachother,butthemainissueis thatscientificthinkingis oftennot associatedwith a particularmindset of socialmorals. Itis thereforecontradictingto findout thatpartof theRussian societycan havemoraljudgmentwithout havingreligiousvaluesbeingputinto consideration(Frank,1994).
Is it possible for the religious and scientific way of thinking relate to each other when it comes to issues related to morality and morals?
Is the Russian society ethically correct when it is applies scientific way of thinking in morality?
Is it possible to separate morality from ethics especially when it comes in the application of scientific and religious thinking?
Frank,S. (1994) “The Ethic of Nihilism”.In Nikolai Berdiaev, SergeiBulgakov, et al. Vekhi Landmarks. Trans Marshall S. Shatz andJudith E. Zimmerman. Armonk, NY:M.E, Sharpe, 131-155.