Bokavev, N. N. New Scientific Occupations as a Factor of Cohesion of Natural, Technical and

 

Bokavev, N. N. New Scientific Occupations as a Factor of Cohesion of Natural, Technical and
Social Science. Moscow: Soviet Sociological Association, 1974.

Here is a small pamphlet which was distributed at the VIII World Congress of Sociology,
Toronto, Canada, August 17-24, 1974. Science is a great value to Marxism if for no other reason
than that Marx considered himself a scientist and his philosophical position one of a scientist.

This author notes that new sciences form on the borders of older disciplines. This is science at its
best because it fosters cross fertilization of both older fields. Reason can save the world and
science is pure reason.

The ending sounds familiar: "A versatile general education is the most suitable type of education
at the present stage of development when radical changes are taking place in man's activities,
when the progress of science, technology and organization allows us to do away with, or
modernize, hundreds of occupations and develop new ones. A broad education provides man
with greater faculties for retraining, makes him more mobile and capable of constantly raising his
skills which is an indispensable requirement of our time." (pp. 14-15)