Chief Research Scientist, Head of Centre of the Complex Research of Political Science,
Born on 15.02.1942 in Kosychi village, Suraz district, Bryansk region.
Ukrainian social philosopher, political scientist, sociologist. Graduated from Philosophic Faculty at Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University. Doctor of Philosophical Sciences (1987), Professor (1988), Honoured Worker of Science and Technology of Ukraine (2001), Correspondent Member of NAS of Ukraine (2003), Awarded with the merit badge “Excellent Education Worker of Ukraine” (2001). Awarded with the Order “For Merits”, III Grade (2002). From 1969 to 1990 worked in the Institute of Philosophy of Ukraine (Junior Research Scientist, Senior Research Scientist, Leading Research Scientist, Head of the Department). Starting from 1990 became an employee of the Institute of Sociology of NAS of Ukraine (Head of the Department, Chief Research Scientist). From June 2002 became Chief Research Scientist of the Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies of NAS of Ukraine. Since January 2000 works on a part-time basis as the Head of Department at the Institute of Higher Education of APS of Ukraine.
From December 1991 to July 1994 was an adviser, Head of Service for Domestic Policy of the President of Ukraine. From April to October 1992 was a member of the Board on Humanitarian Policy of the State Council of Ukraine. Author (co-author) of more than 300 scientific works, including 13 monographs (5 individual and 8 collective), and the textbook “Modern Social Philosophy” (2 volumes, published 1994, 1996, co-authorship with V.P. Andrushchenko), which had two publications. the scientific team, headed by him in 2001-2002 issued a 6-volume book “Social Work” for higher education institutions of Ukraine. He is one of the authors and inspirator for publishing of 6-volume edition “Philosophy of Politics” (2002-2004).
Scientific interests: philosophy of history, philosophy of education, spiritual and political life of society, social institutions and social relations, problems of outlook of Ukrainian society. The works study: methodological and outlook problems of social knowledge; objective and subjective factors of historical process; driving forces of political and cultural life of society; philosophical and outlook processes of education, including the higher one; genesis of public relations and social institutions in different types of civilizations, regions, countries; the process of development of higher education as a system of personnel training. M.I. Mykhalchenko is one of the founders of political science research in modern Ukraine, which includes the solution of extra-task of political philosophy, being the reflective reconstruction of movers of political process, implemented in reality, and initial conditions, potentials, which were not fully implemented in reality, but still existing as constructive and historical determined reserves, used by the society during transition periods. He is developing a theory of ideologies, a concept of transformation and modernization of transition societies in the view of dialogue of civilizations and cultures. Investigating the problems of Ukrainian society and state, he uses socio-cultural methodology of formation and development of societies, which pass several stages of pre-state conditions and state formation, where economic, political, educational, scientific and spiritual aspects of social life play different roles in different periods. This is based on specific development of material and spiritual culture of each society. M.I. Mykhalchenko worked out the concept of transformation and modernization of Ukraine in the last quarter of the 20th century and early 21st century.