The Values of the United Europe and the Ukrainian Society: Problems of Correlation and Mechanisms of Transition

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Oleksii Poltarakov: The paper argues the hierarchy of values from the perspective of civilization and\or geocultural approaches. From the point of view of geocultural studies, Ukraine is a part of so-called ‘Macro-Christian World’. This type of civilization is characterized by the following features

*The material is based on the author’s presentations within the project “The values of the United Europe and Ukrainian society: problems of correlation and mechanisms of transition” implemented by the NGO ‘Quadrivium’ with the support of thе Representation Office of Hanns Seidel Foundation in Ukraine.

@Oleksii Poltarakov, PhD, Advisor to Directorate of the National Institute for Strategic Studies under the President of Ukraine.

The paper argues the hierarchy of values from the perspective of civilization and\or geocultural approaches. From the point of view of geocultural studies, Ukraine is a part of so-called ‘Macro-Christian World’. This type of civilization is characterized by the following features: the unity of all religious beliefs (Christianity) externally and similarity of axiological grounds (values) internally as well as particular historical and geographical integrity. Specific hierarchy of those basic values in the context of national specifics determines integration and disintegration tendencies and includes the value systems of European and Eurasian causing contradictions of the modern type nation development. Ukrainian specifics of the civilization mix elements of both ‘Western’ and ‘Eastern’ civilizations. In its own way combining historical backgrounds and basic cultural ‘parameters’, Ukraine is close both to the Western as well as to the Eastern constituent of the Macro-Christian World. However, the main values (freedom, equality, brotherhood) do not seem so similar at all. Peculiarities of hierarchy of value priorities within the framework of Ukraine’s ‘national character’ make the process of further development rather flexible and the Ukrainian nation quite adjustable. The ‘Ukrainian idea’ as a national state project is not only about ‘adjusting’ to a particular scheme or model (either Western or European). It is about creative reframing and adaptation of certain borrowings that have proven to be potentially attractive.

The text of the paper is available in Ukrainian language here.


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