LEO M. SEMASHKO
Birth date and birthplace: June 20, 1941, Grodno, Byelorussia
The important biographic detail [from the words of my mother Augusta Rumiantseva (1920-2003)] and its vital consequences.
On June 22, 1941 at four in the morning, while Hitler's army began a bombardment of Grodno in Western Byelorussia, my mother together with me was in the maternity hospital. My father, Alexei Lihanov, an army officer, came running to the hospital to tell my mother that the war had started, and that she should prepare for evacuation. She never saw him again as he was killed in the first days of the war.The mothers and babies from the maternity, as well as school children from Grodno were put into freight trainsand sent to the east of the USSR.The train was repeatedly bombed byGerman aircraft, but by miracle was able to continue.My mother and I arrived in the town of Bejestk, Tver region, in the home of her parents. I was in this town that I lived and studied until 1958.Thus I consider Bejestk as my hometown. In 1945 my mother married an army officer, Mikhail Semashko, who adopted me. In 1947, unfortunately, he died unexpectedly.
The accounts that my mother told me about the horrors of the war, the bombings and the evacuation, and of the deaths of close persons generated in me a disgust of war, murder and violence. This disgust always pushed me to search for public means to exclude war from the life of all peoples. Such public means will ensure that everyone, including my children andgrandchildren will live in sustainable peace.I have looked for ways to establish lasting peace and have found it in the concepts of social harmony and priority given to children. It is to these goals that my social philosophy "Tetrasociology" is devoted. I have been working on this concept since 1975. Now I am convinced that sustainable (eternal, harmonious) peace can be a consequence only of global social harmony, on the base of “sphere classes” of the population as the main actors of social harmony, “sphere democracy” and the priority given to children, which will replace the current priority of profit as an eternal source of wars. (These concepts of Tetrasociology are explained in details in my books, especially in "Tetrasociology", 2002, which is published on this site on the address:http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=145).
Citizenship: Russian Federation
Family: Married, two sons: 1961 and 1984 birth, four grandchildren and the great-granddaughter
Address: Leo Semashko, 7/4-42 Ho-Shi-Min Street, St. Petersburg, 194356, Russia
1948 - 1958 - High school
1994 - 2005: Sociology Professor, St. Petersburg Universities (lecture courses on Sociology, History of Sociology, Sociology of Politics, Sociology of Law, Tetrasociology)
SIGNIFICANT COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION
2007 December – present, Advisory Board Chairman, International Association of Educators for World Peace (IAEWP-UN-USA)
PARTICIPATION IN THE PROJECTS
More 300 scientific works on philosophy, sociology, culture, law and policy, including 16 books and brochures:
Leo Semashko’s Books and Brochures
SELECTED ARTICLES, REVIEWS AND ABSTRACTS
2006. The Meanings of Cultural Sociology. Review of Jeffrey C. Alexander’s book The
INTERVIEWS and ARTICLES ABOUT
1. Want peace therefore prepare to peace. October 12, 2006: http://www.peacefromharmony.org/?cat=ru_c&key=269, (In Russian)
2. Right of vote from the cradle? January 12, 2006: http://www.peacefromharmony.org/?cat=ru_c&key=117, (In Russian)
3. Dr. Leo Semashko: Intolerance is a Reaction of the Uneducated People. Scientist - Sociologist Created Theory of a Survival and Harmony for Humankind. March 14, 2008: http://www.vppress.ru/news/2008/03/14/33/, (In Russian)
4. Interview given to the writer Takis Ioannides for the Greek newspaper “EPIKAIRA” of New Smyrna, Athens, which is published by February 16, 2008:http://epikaira.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/pages_6-11.pdf, (In Greek)
SCIENTIFIC INTERESTS FIELD
Tetrasociology as the theory of Social harmony and harmonious civilization and peace from harmony. Harmonious/Peace Education. Sociological theory. Children’s Suffrage Executed by Parents. Peace Culture. Classes and Groups. Law. Person. Psychology. Statistics. Information technologies. Practical Application of Sociology. Multicultural Dialogue. Policy. Culture. History of Philosophy and Sociology.
POSITION IN ORGANIZATIONS
The Board member of three International Organizations:
March 25, 2010
“Sphere Democracy Group” in Petrosovet 1992:
Paper at the jubilee meeting of MPs in honour of 20 anniversary of Petrosovet
My colleagues have unfolded in their previous papers the value of achievements of Petrosovet as the first embodiment of parliamentarism in Russia for its past and present. Let me, as a philosopher and sociologist-futurologist, to draw your attention to other dimension of its achievements: for the future. What its achievement will not only be remembered but also developed over 50 - 100 years?
April 6, 2010