Round-table sitting “Self-Identification of Ukrainian Intelligentsia in the Process of Democratic Development” (Donetsk)
The round-table sitting was held on April 13, 2013 in Donetsk under the aegis of public organizations “Association of Philosophers and Religion Scientists”, “Ukrainian Culturology Centre”, “Youth Association of Religion Scientists” with the help of analytical and informational journal “SKHID” (The East) and Donetsk Regional Association of Credit Societies. The sitting aim was to discuss the problem of civic responsibility of intelligentsia in the context of “The Ukrainian Charter of a Free Human”. The basic trends of the discussion were as follows: identity and modernization of contemporary Ukrainian intelligentsia: intelligentsia/intellectuals; tolerance in the context of historical memory; ides competition vs dictate of authorities in the choice of the future; legitimation of ethical virtues vs depreciation of moral priorities in the society; intelligentsia and authorities: demand for the critical discourse in transition society. In particular, the report made by Oleksandr Bilokobylskyi was concentrated on professional responsibility of intellectuals; Volodymyr Biletskyi elucidated place of Ukrainian intellectual community in the world context; Mykola Tyshchenko emphasized that intelligentsia is always in a natural opposition to authorities.
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