Dialogue of cultures as a dialogue of values
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intercultural dialogue, universal values, cultural values, axiology, culture, identity, language, traditions, tolerance

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Mokan, N., & Chornomordenko, I. (2021). Dialogue of cultures as a dialogue of values. Multiversum. Philosophical Almanac, 1(1), 139-154. https://doi.org/10.35423/2078-8142.2021.1.1.10


The article is devoted to defining the role of values ​​in the dialogue of cultures. The values ​​present in intercultural dialogue are an important component of cultural identity, able to unite the participants in the dialogue. The question of considering the dialogue of cultures as a dialogue of values ​​is actualized in the light of the modern globalizing world and scientific definitions of the concept of «culture» through values. It is extremely important to analyze the dialogue of cultures, the participants of which act precisely from the position of bearers of values, and not focusing on the problems of linguistic and ethnic dimension of identity. After all, the universal nature of individual values ​​has the unifying force of the common aspiration of mankind to good, beauty, freedom, and therefore promotes dialogue more than other types of community; encourages the formulation of questions and the search for answers that facilitate coexistence in new conditions. According to the author, dialogue avoids the situation when, when interacting, a particular culture prefers to act as the sole bearer of certain moral truths. The very situation of the dialogue sets moral guidelines, acting within which the participants in the dialogue implement the principles of equality, openness, responsibility, non-violence, tolerance, complicity. The moral and ethical dimensions of dialogue are not helping to solve the problems of cultural coexistence forever. The culturals tend to transform under the influence of changes in cultural preconditions, discourse with all social institutions and processes. Dialogue is intended to become a place of emergence of relationships that are built on universal, supracultural moral and ethical principles, which have the force of global unification of people. Along with this, the article notes that some definitions of the concept of «culture» reveal the value core of the very understanding of the phenomenon of culture. It should be understood that values ​​are not something alienated from being, accumulates in the process of human development. Historical retrospective shows us that values ​​actively interact, are tested for strength, are transformed through dialogue, and thus form the basis of culture.

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