Worldview and value dimensions of the local political consciousness of Ukraine: to the analysis of strategies for spreading and preserving the doctrine of "Russian world"
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Volkovskyi, V. (2021). Worldview and value dimensions of the local political consciousness of Ukraine: to the analysis of strategies for spreading and preserving the doctrine of "Russian world". Multiversum. Philosophical Almanac, 2(1), 140-156.


The article analyzes the strategies of spreading and preserving the doctrine of "Russian world", focusing on understanding the patterns of local political consciousness of Ukrainian society, basic values and worldview orientations that affect the politically significant behavior of individuals and communities in Ukraine. The author relies upon philosophical methodology, combining methods of analytical philosophy, phenomenology and hermeneutics, as well as Nationalism and Postcolonial studies. This allows us to distinguish some basic patterns, without claiming the exclusivity or finality of the conclusion. To these patterns the author includes atomistic individualistic paternalism (otherwise calling it solipsistic paternalism), which he also calls inversed paternalism, the prevailing values of security, survival, materialist-hedonistic orientations. Many public speakers and researches have told about paternalism of the societies in transition like Ukrainian, but more concrete studies show that Ukrainian (not only) society have other kind of paternalism which lack basic feature of changing bread for freedom. This is superimposed upon the public confrontation of two sacred universes or civil religions, but in addition to these two sides of the confrontation, the third most massive value group stands out. The author offers practical recommendations for government and public discourse. Author also warns that such notions like “regional identities”, “mentality of some regions”, especially the very notion of “South-East Ukraine” is metaphysical retrospective bias, excessive hypostazation of before-given ideological disctinctions. Above-mentioned value patterns are applied not to any particular region, but to whole Ukrainian society where this strata can be found. Also, these values cannot be ranged in the positive-negative scale, from something better to lesser. Author resumes that Ukrainian society have features of postcolonial, posttotalitarian, postgenocidal society.
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