Alexander Herzen Visiting Fellow
(September 2010 – February 2011)
The Ethic of Responsibility in Technogenic Civilization:
The Problem of Subject
Nowadays responsibility has become the main motive in almost all human actions including influence on nature, scientific prognostication and simulation of the future. The problem of responsibility is indicative of the crisis we are now experiencing, which results from the gap between activities and knowledge about consequences of these activities. Today activity has a mediated and collective character, so it is complicated to find a subject of responsibility. That is why it is necessary to investigate the subjects of responsibility of technological activity and the substantiation of the conditions of the existence of such subjects. Also, we should analyze their functions and understand the mechanism of action of subjects of responsibility in society.