Concept of Human Potential in the Context of Transformation Processes in Ukraine


  • Yuliia Yemelianova Lesya Ukrainka Eastern European National University



social structure of society, socio-cultural characteristic of society, value-normative system, social transformation, «transhumanistic» potential


The concept of human potential is analyzed in the context of a system of concepts that reflects the radical transformations in Ukrainian society. An understanding of the conceptual and systemic foundations of this concept is offered by the author in the context of sociological concepts of T. Zaslavskaya and N. Panina, as well as the philosophical works of S. Datsyuk. It is proved that the phrase «human potential» proposed by German scientists G. Becker, T. Schultz and their colleagues as an attempt to find an acceptable term, which indicates the quality of any of the components of the movement of the planetary social space, receives a new content in these sociological concepts. Unlike other scientists who emphasize the socio-economic component of the concept of human potential, T. Zaslavska, N. Panina, S. Datsyuk insist on the universality of the concept of  «human potential», which makes it possible to indicate the direction of social movement. The concept of human potential acquires the importance of a concept that reveals the qualitative socio-cultural characteristics of society and contains in a concise form a program of necessary and possible transformations in all spheres of life of the population of modern Ukraine. In this fact, the author sees the continuation of the classical tradition of analyzing the problem of human capital (T. Schultz, G. Becker, E. Denison, J. Kendrick, J. Coleman) as a problem of socio-cultural development of a human.

In the context of such development of humankind, the role of the value-normative system of regulation and consolidation of society in the developed countries of the world becomes noticeable. Ukraine, which seeks for fundamental changes, should investigate the speed of social adaptation of a person, and social institutions, the quality of the value-normative system that is now emerging in society. In this new system, the active capital of any person or community must be formed not only as an actual but also potential value or «transhumanistic potential».


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