Rudolf L'vovich Livshits – Doctor of Philosophy, Professor, Head of the Department of Philosophy and Social and Political Sciences at Amur State University of Humanities and Pedagogy (Komsomolsk-on-Amur).
The article criticizes the methodology of social cognition based on the employment of medical analogies. The central attention is paid to the concept of “cultural trauma”. The article demonstrates that application of the concepts “norm” and “pathology” to social reality results in degeneracy of social research into the variety of moralizing criticism which relies heavily on the theory of conspiracy and mystification of real forces behind social development.
cultural trauma, norm and pathology, moralizing criticism, conspiracy theory, mystification of historical process.