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2004 | 52 | 3 | 357-370
Article title

Pravda bojující?

Authors
Title variants
EN
The truth in the struggle?
Languages of publication
CS
Abstracts
EN
The article examines a) Rádl's concept of the responsibility of the intellectual for their society and b) his historical thought. The philosophical activism of this Czech biologist and philosopher (1873-1942), which certainly has something to do with influences from the 'philosophy of life', is put into relation with the traditional role of the writer as the nation's conscience, with the strong impression left by T. G. Masaryk, and of course with the interwar crisis of civilisation. Rádl not only disregards traditional conservative objections to the public engagement of intellectuals, but he directly defines philosophy from the positions of the ethics of responsibility. The conservative social democrat however essentially lacks an outline of historical evolutionary logic. Rádl's concept of history is modern insofar as it is based on the value relationship between the present and the amorphous past, but in the end he shies away from deriving from this conclusion the contingencies of an historical event or the subjectivity of our image of history. The ideas of the past 'provoke our participation'; on the other hand we make sovereign use of them for our own aims. Rather than pragmatism Rádl's concept of history is reminiscent of the neo-Kantian concept of the ordering of empirical material according to the apriori categories of Hermann Cohen.
Year
Volume
52
Issue
3
Pages
357-370
Physical description
Document type
ARTICLE
Contributors
  • B. Loewenstein, address not given, contact the publisher
References
Document Type
Publication order reference
Identifiers
CEJSH db identifier
04CZAAAA0012297
YADDA identifier
bwmeta1.element.d10b0d22-d48f-3879-9c88-d37fe67db3da
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