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Zhytnyk M.

National Technical University of Ukraine «Kyiv Polytechnic Institute», Kyiv, Ukraine.
PhD student, Department of Philosophy



Charity in socio-philosophical retrospect and prospect

P. 43-49.

Bibl.: 17 ref.

Abstract: The rapid development of science and technology leads to the dehumanization of society, that has negative impact on social relations, in which the level of humanity is greatly reduced. Therefore, the question of morality of human relations, especially in the current situation in Ukraine is urgent and needs to be improved and new ways of revival should be found. The phenomenon of charity is one of the possible mechanisms.

In the article in detail the genesis of the concept of charity from sociological, ethical and philosophical point of view is considered. Separately we investigated historically the representatives of different religious confessions to the phenomenon of charity. It deals with ambiguity and different forms of existence. It is shown that as of today charity is at the center of discussions of public, scientists, politicians, civil servants, activists public sector. However, attitudes to it and practices for its implementation in modern society are ambiguous. On the one hand, charity helps to solve social problems and improve the quality of life of community relations but on the other hand, charity programs and actions can be veiled as self-interest of the organizers, which also can lead to some abuses.

The article shows that charity serves as axiological component of social relations because it is based on concepts such as kindness, goodness, helping the needy, compassion. In the article different kinds of charitable activities are reviewed and proved the idea that active charity is an effective method of improving humanization of social relations.

Keywords: charity; religion; axiology; social relation; humanism

Reference: Zhytnyk M. (2015). Charity in socio-philosophical retrospect and prospect. Visnyk Of National Technical University Of Ukraine "Kyiv Polytechnic Institute". Philosophy. Psychology. Pedagogics, 2 (44), 43-49.

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