A. I. Strebkov, N. A. Vakhnin, A. B. Rukavishnikov


In this article authors consider the role of intermediary relations in the conflict from the perspective of sociology. The conflict prevention and resolution problem is not only today's problem. Humanity has been reflecting on this problem permanently, however until now it has not finally made up its mind about the ways of the conflict prevention and resolution and that is why every historical era is trying to find new recipes which could be universal and ultimate. The idea of mediatorship in the resolution of conflicts and controversies belongs to Schelling who assigned the role of the mediator between the God and nature to the human and so unintentionally pointed that the human is a mediator by himself which produces such forms of human being which intermediate the man himself. In a context of such an idea of the human's role and form of his being law, faith and knowledge are considered as mediators which influence and rules over human. It should be noted that the mediator soaking up properties and qualities of opposing sides on the one hand soaks up their power as well on the other and returns it to the parties in such quality and quantity which is needed for them for the conflict prevention and resolution. The mediator remaining outside and above the conflict and rising over it manifests himself as real power in modern society. Throughout the analysis the authors come to a conclusion that law, faith and knowledge in virtue of theirs various institutionalization which is interpreted as an organization and centralization of the relationship management presented qua a degree which separate relevant from irrelevant differently make intermediary impact. It is being noted that if law and faith effectively carry out the function of the mediation in conflict by forming delusive reality then the knowledge about human and society because of its internal reasons and the absence of clear support from the state and while not being institutionalized, is moved aside from the role of the social mediator in the conflict and loses capability to influence social opinion thereby increasing the importance of law and faith what is being observed in Russian society.


conflict; mediation; power; law; faith; knowledge


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