Gulnara Shalagina (Russia)

Gulnara Shalagina (Russia) - Candidate of Philosophy, Associate Professor, Kazan National Research Technological University.

Practical philosophy and philosophical practice: intersection paths in informal education (Interactive presentation in the TED style) 

Presentation language: Russian 

In postmodern society, the parameters of educational activity are changing. Intellectual culture is experiencing a takeoff associated with the dominance of the service sector, the interpretation of spirituality as a means of production, the demand for happiness as a resource state of the creator of intangible products, the precariatization of intellectuals, the liberalization of individual entrepreneurship, the transformation of professions, the demand for versatility, and innovative ideology. Alternative, non-institutional forms of socio-humanitarian knowledge are activated, which are interpreted as informal education. These are hybrid popular science, educational and entertainment forms, aesthetized scientific projects (philosophical festivals), philosophical schools of wisdom, trainings, self-development studios, ethical retreats and rational dojos, other phenomena that arose during the dedifferentiation of practical philosophy (ethics), psychological counseling, aesthetics and new religiosity. The conditions for the existence of these forms of humanitarian activity are "third places", new urban postmodern spaces: cafes, anticafe, coworkings, lofts, parks, squares, phenomena associated with post-industrial urban trends. The demand for creativity, charisma among small entrepreneurs, self-employed, artists, freelancers, whose success is associated with personal achievements, is great. A special sphere of spiritual production has formed with the leading role of ethics. The philosopher-practitioner offers a life methodology, principles, postulates, the possibility of an informed choice of a client, responsibility for a specific person and for humanity, treats a client as a conscious one with existential requests. Liberalization of the economy provides additional opportunities for the development of ethics and philosophical practice in the sector of informal education.