The big hall of ‘Matica Hrvatska’ (MH) was packed on a Thursday 11th with those whose attention had been drawn by the topic of a round table which had been organized by World Youth Alliance Croatia in cooperation with Politology Department of MH .
Ideological tendencies in contemporary society do not only relate to totalitarian regimes which naturally spring up when we talk about ideology as a commonly accepted term, said the head of Politology Department of MH, political scientist Jure Vujić who started the polemic. Market ideologists, thinks Vujić, brace the myth of continuous progress which as a goal has a fulfillment of some kind of lost paradise for which every man is yearning. They succeed in their means following a distorted human consciousness which holds that the progress is exclusively maintained by market development.
A viewpoint that science is the only means to the genuine knowledge about the world is what differs science from scientism, said prof. Stipe Kutleša, physicist and a philosopher, pointing to the snare to which modern science falls in. In the same manner as every ideology does not permit the existence of truth claims outside of her own system, some scientist do not think there is genuine knowledge apart of empirically verifiable one.
Professor Tomislav Kovač from the Faculty of Catholic Theology in Zagreb spoke about religious fundamentalism in the context of ideologies, which attracts the most attention in the public square. Albeit public recognition is generally restricted to fundamentalist acts of some Islamic fractions, the notion as it is has its roots in American Protestantism, which had, two centuries ago, brought forth few groups which were against the modernization and secularization of society. In that sense, Kovač holds, we shall rather speak in plural – religious fundamentalisms. They start off from principally positive things, stoping the overwhelming secularization of society, but the way they act takes the ideological forms.
When it comes to neo-liberalism, dr. sc. Neven Šimac again reflected upon market component and warned, whilst presenting a survey of modern economical crisis, that in mentality which justifies indebtedness as an effect of stance that we ought to be greedy, crisis is being understood as “normal”.
Young doctoral student , Marina Katinić, appeared with the feminism topic, citing the works of 16-th century male Croatian novelists. Katinić tried to define, using the historical review, settings in modern feminism movements which have ideological tendencies. She emphasized cyber-feminism as a means to the end in redefining gender using cyber space.
After lectures, discussion emerged. Judging by the questions posed, we can conclude that the topic audience was the most interested in was neo-liberalism. Lecturers agreed that “mercantile logic unifies all critically analyzed ideologies”.
Hrvoje Vargić, World Youth Alliance Croatia’s Vice President, M.A. in Economics and philosophy student moderated the event. The entire event was of humanitarian character, hence participants, whilst the admission was free, could contribute to youngsters living in Home for orphans at Vrhovac, Zagreb.
World Youth Alliance Croatia is a branch of the global organization World Youth Alliance which is dedicated to promoting and defending human dignity and solidarity among youth, by means of educational and cultural content and youth impact on public policies. WYA has been in Croatia for little over a year. In that time, several cultural and educational events have been carried out.