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Prerequisites for the New Middle Ages, its relevance and potential dangers

S.A. Vetrov, D.V. Konishevsky

УДК 316.4   


Sergey A. Vetrov, Dr. Sci. (Philosophy), Head of Public Relations, Service and Tourism Department at Omsk State Transport University, e-mail:

Denis V. Konishevsky, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Russian and Foreign Languages Department at Omsk State Transport University, e-mail:


The problem of the actualization of medieval values arises with enviable consistency, which is due to certain reasons. In the ideals of the Middle Ages people want to see the best of what they have lost. That is why there is periodic interest in the era, which is associated with the capacity for ascesis and heroism. There is a need for spiritual rebirth in contemporary society. A need for sincere faith and for true knowledge. The very idea that the age of humanism is ending, and that the era of the new Middle Ages must begin. The time is coming when a new culture will be born, one that creates values for neither practical purposes nor continuous enjoyment. We need more and more a person who will base his/her activity on ideals, and not on primitive pragmatism. Modern culture faces challenges that are much like those of the Middle Ages. The primary task is to discipline, to develop and spiritualize people in different ways, or to accumulate “spiritual energy” in a developed person. In turning to the Middle Ages, our contemporary unconsciously seeks to create a new reality, to find a new canon.

Keywords: Middle Ages, humanism, positivism, spiritual rebirth, neo-feudalism, medievalism, aesthetics, constructivism, imperial project



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