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„West“ and „East“ in Ethnic Romanticism of Ľudovít Štúr

(Original title: „Západ“ a „Východ“ v etnickom romantizme Ľudovíta Štúra)
Filozofia, 2006, vol. 61, No 10, pp. 794-803.
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Abstract

The paper gives an analytical description of the ideology of Slavonic spirit as an essence of culture. The principles of this ideology, from which a pretension on historical mission has been derived, was articulated by Russian Slavophils. In his writing Slavism and the world of future Ľudovít Štúr outlines this ideology to Central-European Slavs as well as to justify the need of adopting pan-Russian Slavism. His vocabulary and style are marked by political romanticism, while his conceptual map embodies dichotomies such as West/East, we/the others, religion/secularism. He finds the West to be in the state of political and moral decline, while the East (the Russian Slavism) is seen by him as the ground of a new civilization. The background of this way of thinking is his conservative utopism.

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