The concept of "Ukrainian world" as a cognitive identifier of the living space of modern Ukrainians (philosophical and religious analysis)


  • Oksana V. Horkusha ВР ІФ НАНУ
  • Liudmyla O. Fylypovych Doctor of Philosophy, Professor, Leading scientific worker of Religious Studies Department at the Institute of Philosophy named after H. Skovoroda, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine



"Ukrainian world", denominational identity, church position, "Russian world"


Abstract. The article focuses on the definition of the concept "Ukrainian world" taking into account the real situation and the presence in modern Ukraine of different denominations, which can be self-determined. Ukrainian academic scholars have already addressed the topic of the "Ukrainian world" and situationally used this term in their previous investigations. But they realized that the very term "Ukrainian world" needs a clearer definition. After all, there are cases when the term itself is denied autonomy, in the presence of its true meaning, considering it a mirror image of the "Russian world". There are also attempts to refute the reality of the subject denoted by this term.

The problem of awareness of the "Ukrainian world" by religious subjects of poly-denominational Ukraine is also relevant, as some of them are defined in other worldview paradigms, where "Ukrainian world" may not be taken for granted. Therefore, the authors more carefully outline the scope and content of the concept of "Ukrainian world" in religious dimensions. The article satisfies the cognitive need for a systematic religious analysis, which makes it possible to find out how religious and denominational subjects relate to the cultural and existential locus "Ukrainian world".

"Ukrainian world" as a concept has its own semantic and meaningful structure, which corresponds to the structure of the phenomenon that we denote by this concept. Therefore, the concept of "Ukrainian world" includes key parameters of the Ukrainian value-semantic universe, Ukrainian historiographical discourse, formulated in Ukrainian language and expressed by Ukrainian culture worldview coordinate systems, which define the modern Ukrainian citizen and the state of Ukraine.

The various presenting in modern Ukraine churches and religious institutions should self-determine in the coordinates of the "Ukrainian world". However, some churches and religious institutions relate themselves more quickly to other cultural and historical loci. Accordingly, such self-determination in other coordinates leads to the fact that these church institutions evaluate current events and the state of Ukraine itself through the optics of other worldview dimensions and behave as representatives (agents of influence within Ukraine) of other locations. The most problematic of these is the historiographical and ideological location of the "Russian world". After all, this imperial ideology tries to refute the "Ukrainian world" as an adequate concept with a full meaning and justifies the Kremlin's modern war of aggression against Ukraine.

Author Biographies

Oksana V. Horkusha, ВР ІФ НАНУ

Horkusha Oksana Vasylivna

PhD, Senior researcher of Religious Studies Department at the H. Sko-voroda Philosophy Institute of National Academy of Sciences of Uk-raine (Kyiv, Ukraine)


Research interests: philosophy of religion, Christianity, religious con-sciousness, religious outlook, religion in modern Ukraine, religion and science, religion and civil society

Liudmyla O. Fylypovych, Doctor of Philosophy, Professor, Leading scientific worker of Religious Studies Department at the Institute of Philosophy named after H. Skovoroda, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Fylypovych Liudmyla Oleksandrivna

Doctor of Philosophy, Professor, Leading scientific worker of Religious Studies Department at the Institute of Philosophy named after H. Skovoroda, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine


Research interests: Religious Studies, Religious Spirituality, History, Sociology and Ethnology of Religion, Religious studies and Religious Studies, State-Church and Interreligious Relations


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