"Conceptual origins of globalization idea" (by Anatoly Zhvitiashvili)
looks into intellectual origins of the
recent phenomenon termed 'globalization' in order to approach its understanding.
Though the term is a recent one, reality, covered by it, had taken shape long before
post-modern epoch and post-industrial society.
Main paradigms analyzed are described in three models: social, scientist-technocratic
and spiritualist (mystic). Idea of globalization emerges in them as a result of developing
new-times activist meaning of 'homo
worshiping'. Globalization idea aims at bridging gap between social subject and object,
consisting both of
smooth evolutionary transitions, and of emergent leaps. Two levels are specific to
it, - social per se, assuming humans to be basic factor of planetary development
and a post-social one where humans are practically
fused with the obejct of their power. It is here that globalization notion faces
its limits and looses its significance.