Politics-Social Morality Relation in Turkey and The Youth


An understanding of the instrumental politics, purely value-free and based solely on power, interest and self-determination, is closely related to the positivist philosophical tradition of Western thought. Positivism, which acts from the claim of man and society as a whole is passive against scientific and value-free processes, has reduced man to an entity that can be objectified by ignoring the will and moral dimension. Yet another concept of politics that can emerge on the basis of normative, value-added perspectives such as good life, righteousness, honesty, and just society, has a side in this direction in philosophy, history and law. This approach, centered on the happiness and peace of man and society, finds its central position together with normative content and reflection of politics. The multi-purpose context, in which everything is instrumentalized, ultimately leads to the loss of principles and long-term and fundamental destruction of values. Real-politics is overcoming ideal politics and reveals a type of people whose memory is shallow, whose approach is pragmatic. This is a problematic situation in the sense of social philosophy. Gulenist Terror Organization by a bloody power struggle in Turkey recently, appears as the most immediate and clear example of this. Apart from symbolizing a moral disappearance that drifts human and his related sociality, a raving power/power ambition that sees all the entities do not serve its own idea and “political” focus as enemy, it also presents a grave photo about the relationship between moral sociality and politics. In this context, in the distance of the youth to politics in Turkey, it is seen as the more fundamental matter of understanding of politics together with the impact of events folding recently. The state of departure from politics in a way, which means apolitization, expresses itself as an indifference, or sometimes a reactionary expression. Both of these reasons should be related to the relation between current politics and moral and normative values. The situation which can be expressed as indifference finds itself a place in a lower part of a moral sociality, while reactionary expression refers to a situation which manifests itself as a problem of lack of belonging to the political one.


Politics normativity positivism moral sociality instrumentalism apolitization youth