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On the Interpretation of Values in Radoslav-Andrea Tsanoff's Works
On the Interpretation of Values in Radoslav-Andrea Tsanoff's Works

Author(s): Tatyana Batuleva
Subject(s): Philosophy, Ethics / Practical Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Social Philosophy, Special Branches of Philosophy, Philosophy of History
Published by: Институт по философия и социология при БАН
Keywords: values; shared values; non-shared values; independent values; complementary values; value scale; morality; global perspective; political relations; war; peace; responsibility

Summary/Abstract: The object of analysis in this paper is the interpretation of values in Radoslav-Andrea Tsanoff's works. The Bulgarian-born American philosopher calls for a new approach to moral values and their inclusion in a new scale. The main emphases are: the connection between knowledge and values; value aspects of reality; differentiation between sharable and non-sharable values. The conclusion is substantiated that Tsanoff's theory of values is the main connecting element providing a successful transition between two types of discourse: ethical and socio-political. His original optics, aimed at inscribing moral imperatives in economic and political relations, take him much further than his initial goal: “to discover new aspects of traditional virtues and vices” and to build a new scale of values. His theory of values attempts to bring a new in the economic and political relations because, without a “vital moral principle” to sustain it, any economic or political reform would lose its positive charge. The ethical perspective is organically woven into the socio-political narrative. With his analysis of the ambivalent role of scientific and technical discoveries (progress is not only a function of science's progress but also of this progress's role in upholding specific values), Tsanoff is once again “ahead of his time”. In this case, he fits into a discourse highlighting the part of “responsibility”, which makes him particularly relevant.

  • Issue Year: XXXII/2023
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 58-68
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: English