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AbstractThis article is an attempt to overview and evaluate the recent state of European studies in Lithuania and their development perspectives in the future. This field of studies has considerable achievements, however some theoretical and practical problems that need certain solutions are also emerging. Because of the “constructivist” essence of contemporary science it is constantly facing a threat of completely losing its connections with reality. The danger of loosing “a sense of reality” is also threatening the social studies including the field of European studies. If the ever more evident tendency of European studies losing their object gets stronger and becomes irreversible, this field of studies will turn gradually into an anonymous process of “production” of abstract scientific knowledge, having no definite and concrete addressee and having no clear field of application. This kind of knowledge would be only “doxical” knowledge reflecting daily realities and needs of short-term political conjuncture. Such kind of knowledge might be easily used as a means of manipulations with society’s consciousness and as a tool of ideological restraint and repression. The problem of a loss of “a sense of reality” is extremely complicated to deal with. There are no ready-made solutions for it. Nevertheless it seems that one of possible and promising ways to solve this problem is to expand the very field of European studies. In addition to dominant economical, social and political studies the deeper investigation and knowledge of European history and culture should be included into research projects and programs of university studies. A special attention should be given to studies of Christian religion and classical metaphysics which are the two main pillars supporting European civilization.