Mykola Ivanovych Mykhalchenko (1942–2021)
Until March, 2021 – Head of the Department of Theory and History of Political Science, Doctor of Philosophy, Professor, Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.
He was born in the Kosychi village, Surazh district, Bryansk region.
In 1960 he graduated from the Kharkiv Technical School of Industrial Transport (railway department). In 1969 – the Faculty of Philosophy of the Shevchenko Kyiv State University. In 1973 he defended his PhD and in 1987 his doctoral dissertation. He was awarded the academic title of professor in 1988. Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (2003).
From 1969 to 1991 he worked at the Institute of Philosophy of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine as a junior researcher, senior researcher, leading researcher, head of the department.
He worked at the Institute of Sociology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine as the head of the department (1990-1992), chief researcher (1994-2002).
From December 1991 to July 1994 he held the position of Adviser to the President of Ukraine, Head of the Service of the President of Ukraine for Domestic Policy. Member of the Board for Humanitarian Policy of the State Duma of Ukraine (April – October 1992).
He worked at the Institute of Political and Ethnonational Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine since June 2002 – as a chief researcher of the Department of Theoretical and Applied Problems of Political Science, and since 2008 – Head of the Department of Theory and History of Political Science. From 2000 to 2012 (part-time) – Head of the Department of Higher Education of the National Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of Ukraine.
Member of the Scientific Council of the Institute, a member of the Specialized Scientific Council for the Defense of Dissertations for the degree of Doctor (Candidate) of Political Science at Kuras Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies of NAS of Ukraine.
Chairman of the editorial board of the collection of scientific works “Modern Ukrainian Politics”, member of the editorial board of scientific journals “Political Studies”, “Political Management”, collection of scientific works “Political and Ethnonational Studies”, a number of other scientific publications.
President of the Ukraine-Czech Republic Cooperation and Partnership Society (1997); member of the Public Council of Experts on Domestic Political Affairs under the President of Ukraine (2000-2004); member of the working group on preparation of the draft Concept of reforming the political system of Ukraine (2001).
Founder and President (1993–2012, since 2012 – Honorary President) of the Ukrainian Academy of Political Sciences, First Vice President of the Association of Political Sciences of Ukraine.
Honored Worker of Science and Technology of Ukraine (2001). He was awarded the Order of Merit of III (2002) and II (2012) degrees, the badge “Excellence in Education of Ukraine” (2001), the Diploma of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine (2007) and the Diploma of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (2009), the National Academy of Sciences.
Author (co-author) of more than 350 scientific works, including 15 monographs (6 individual and 8 co-authored), textbook “Modern Social Philosophy” (in 2 volumes, ed. 1994, 1996, co-authored with VP Andrushchenko). The scientific team, which he led in 2001-2002, published a 6-volume “Social Work” for the Free Economic Zone of Ukraine. He is one of the authors and implementers of the idea of publishing a 6-volume “Philosophy of Politics” (2002-2004).
Prepared 38 candidates and 34 doctors of sciences.
He was one of the founders of the philosophical direction of research on the interaction of state and civil society institutions, in particular in solving an important task of political philosophy – reflective reconstruction of evolutionary and revolutionary drivers of the political process embodied in reality and preconditions, potentials not embodied in reality but existing in it. as constructive and historical natural reserves used by society in transition periods. He developed the theory of ideologies, the concept of transformation of established societies and societies of transitional nature in the light of the dialogue of civilizations and cultures.
In the study of the problems of Ukrainian society and the state he developed a socio-cultural methodology for analyzing the formation and development of societies that go through several stages of pre-state and state formation, where economic, political, social and spiritual aspects of society in different periods play different roles. This is due to the specifics of the development of material and spiritual culture of each society. He developed the concept of transformation and modernization of Ukraine in the last quarter of the twentieth century and the beginning of the XXI century.
Research interests: philosophy of history, philosophy of politics, philosophy of education, spiritual and political life of society, social institutions and social relations, worldview problems of Ukrainian society. The scientist researches methodological and ideological problems of social cognition; objective and subjective factors of the historical process; driving forces of political and spiritual life of society; philosophical and ideological processes of education, in particular, higher; genesis of social relations and social institutions in different types of civilizations, regions, countries; the process of development of higher education as a training system.