On Collision of Moral and Morality Principles in Russian Politics

Gaman-Golutvina O.V.,

Dr. Sci. (Pol. Sci.), Professor, Head of the Comparative Political Science Department, Moscow State Institute of International Relations, MFA of Russia; President, Russian Russian Political Science Association; Chairman of the Federal Educational and Methodical Association “Political and Regional Studies”; Chairman of the Expert Council, Russian Foundation for Basic Research; Member of RF Civic Chamber, ogaman@mgimo.ru

elibrary_id: 250180 | ORCID: 0000-0002-2660-481X |

DOI: 10.17976/jpps/2005.03.13
Rubric: DIXI!

For citation:

Gaman-Golutvina O.V. On Collision of Moral and Morality Principles in Russian Politics . – Polis. Political Studies. 2005. No. 3. P. 163-171. (In Russ.). https://doi.org/10.17976/jpps/2005.03.13


The article seeks to substantiate the thesis of the necessity of divided apprehension of political and private morals. Proceeding from Hegel’s philosopho-historical conception, the author argues that the phenomena of politics and of morals pronouncedly differ by their substantial, as well as functional particulars. Whereas the essence of morals consists in the unshakeability of norms and values established once and for all and aimed at taming the egoistic nature of man, in politics it is not the ideal, but the interest that figures as the constant. In O.V.Gaman-Golutvina’s opinion, it is conformity with national-state interests that proves to be the criterion of morality in politics. While admitting that either in politics the end does not entirely justifies the means, she at the same time stresses that for determining the degree of morality of the means, adequate procedures are, after all, required, too. According to her conclusion, political, as distinct from “private” morals, are situational and do not admit a priori judgments. What is violence, which is its admissible measure, how its redemption is possible, — only in a concrete context may these questions be answered.

Content No. 3, 2005

See also:

Tulchinskii G.L.,
Political Context of Narration with Karl Marx’s Wert-terminology: Cost vs Value. – Polis. Political Studies. 2019. No3

Ilyin M.V.,
The War in Yugoslavia: from Sacrificing Serbia to the Suicide of the West?. – Polis. Political Studies. 1999. No2

Golik Yu.V., Karas'ov V.I.,
Why Should Even Democratic Russia Be No Bargain for the Free West?. – Polis. Political Studies. 1999. No3

Dobrokhotov R.A.,
Politics in Information Society. – Polis. Political Studies. 2004. No3

Tarasov A.N.,
Eclipse. Not after Antonioni (Student Disturbances and the Mass-Media: Inquiry into a Phenomenon).. – Polis. Political Studies. 1997. No6



   2020      2019      2018      2017      2016   
   2015      2014      2013      2012      2011   
   2010      2009      2008      2007      2006   
   2005      2004      2003      2002      2001   
   2000      1999      1998      1997      1996   
   1995      1994      1993      1992      1991