THE CASPIAN REGION:Politics, Economics, Culture

Scientific journal

On the theological roots of elitilogy (katafatic and apofatic research methods of elite)

2013. 1, pp. 219-228

Karabushchenko Paul L. - D.Sc. (Philosophy), Professor, Astrakhan State University, 20 Tatishchev st., Astrakhan, 414056, Russia,

Theoretical roots of elitology date back the epoch when religious-mythological representations about selectness still dominated. The history testifies, that long before occurrence of modern elitology, the matters of elite and exclusivity were considered by theology and philosophy. The methods developed by them and receptions of research have presently certain value, and should be used actively by elitology itself. This work consideres which rules deduced by theological elitology, can be applicable to modern elitological researches and be successfully included in a methodological arsenal of this science.

Key words: elite,theology,elitology,research methods,katafatic and apofaticdivinity,domination,perfection,hierarchy,razor of Okkama,falsification of exclusivity,V. Bryusov