ROC commented on statements by Western philosophers about the «conservative turn»

© RIA Novosti / Michael Clientgenerated in Photobacterium of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill at the plenary session of the world Russian people’s Council. November 1, 2018ROC commented on statements by Western philosophers about the «conservative turn»© RIA Novosti / Michael Clientgenerated the image Bank

Conservatism becomes an ideology only when filled with traditional values and represents the relationship of different ages and the continuity of the historical, social and religious experience of the people, said the first Deputy Chairman of the Synodal Department for Church and society and the media, doctor of political Sciences Alexander Shchipkov at the meeting of the world Russian people’s Council.

According to him, modern European and American philosophers are increasingly talking about the so-called «conservative turn». Thus, the concept of «conservatism» needs to be explained.

«If liberalism assumes the priority of such values as freedom, and socialism – social justice, conservatism does not offer a ready absolute value. He calls for something to save and preserve, but not clearly enunciating that,» said Pinch.

The blurring of self-determination, he added, often makes conservatism a matter of speculation. Sometimes it is perceived as a kind of respectability, and sometimes cover the loyalists, conformism, or nationalism. «Conservatism becomes an ideology only when formulate their own value base,» — said the Deputy head of the Synodal Department.

The representative of the Russian Church noted that the main problem of conservatism remains self-determination. According to Shipkova, against loss by the liberalism of their value base, «the conservatism of its forms, separating themselves from all kinds of radicalism.»

The expert believes that today we can speak about two kinds of conservatism: liberal conservatism (liberalism with a conservative style) and the left and social conservatism, trying to combine traditional values and social justice. He referred to the words of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who, opening of the XXII world Russian people’s Council in the Kremlin, said: «it is Impossible to go against their traditions.»

«Traditional values within the framework of conservatism have the expansion interpretation. We are not talking about a particular tradition, tied to a certain era, style, form, and context of different eras and continuity of the historical, social and religious experience of the Russian people. We are talking about the experience, which is opposed to the idea of modernist revolutionary «gaps» and «breaking,» concluded Tweaks.

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