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Dialogue and Universalism

Volume 19, Issue 6/7, 2009

Spain, Poland and Europe

Ryszard Stefański
Pages 155-160
DOI: 10.5840/du2009196/741

On the Universality of Values

We can speak about individual and social (characteristic for a population) values, but it is difficult to present universal, specifically human values, except for biological needs. The reason of it follows from the fact that superior values, related to two human needs (world model cognition and the meaningful sense of life) depend upon a world-view, in advance accepted and inculcated in us. From this world-view we as its followers draw our notions of good and bad, we shape our ideas on proper human relations and on what for us should be the most important. So what can be of universally human character? It seems that only the possibility of possessing a system of values, of forming its features and defining its components.

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