Comparative ideal-conceptological analysis of social-philosophical approach to social aspects of mercy

Yuriy Khodanych


The article is devoted to the comparative ideological and conceptual analysis of the socio-philosophical approach to the social aspects of mercy. The phenomenon of mercy is studied by the author through the prism of a variety of Western social and ethical teachings (evolutionism, utilitarianism, hedonism, liberalism, neo-Marxism and post-Marxism). In the context of evolutionism, mercy receives the significance of altruism. Particular attention is paid to the concept of mutual assistance by P. Kropotkin. In utilitarianism mercy is viewed through the prism of individual and social benefit. In turn, in the context of liberalism, mercy loses its social value, since the focus is on a free personality with its own moral choices. The author analyzes the concept of rational selfishness in a separate way by A. Rand. Through the prism of social and applied research of neo-Marxism and post-Marxism mercy appears as a factor in the subject's activity in relation to its environment and its subsequent influence on the development of society. The ideological and conceptual analysis of the socio-philosophical approach to the social aspects of mercy through the prism of Western philosophical thought (evolutionism, hedonism, utilitarianism, liberalism) allowed us to determine that today mercy in the context of social practice receives a pragmatic orientation, which is associated with such factors as benefits, mutual assistance. In turn, the ideals of self-sacrifice and altruism are embodied in the context of the aspirations of the individual, but are no longer a "social" ethical imperative. All this puts mercy as a powerful integrative factor of society in a rather shaky situation. To a certain extent, the situation is "rehabilitated" due to modern socio-philosophical research of neo-Marxism and post-Marxism, where mercy should be considered as the basis for active complicity of the subject and object, the factor of the formation of civil associations for the implementation of social transformations.


mercy; evolutionism; pragmatism; utilitarianism; law of mutual assistance; liberalism


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