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2005 | 2 - Wielokulturowość w dobie globalizacji oraz integracji europejskiej | 19-40

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Mozaika kultur europejskich


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The Mosaic of the European Culture

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The initial theses of the article are: 1) there is no Europe in the right meaning without multiplicity of the national cultures; 2) no-one has the right to decide in an arbitrary manner on the importance and meaning of any nation achievements; 3) the European national cultures develop unequally; 4) the canon of European classics is created autonomously and evolutionarily; 5) the Europeans just need communication net and meeting opportunities. The Author discusses four serious dangers: 1) isolationism and xenophobia; 2) cosmopolitism and nihilism; 3) giving up the right to put up resistance; 4) fictitiousness of intercultural communication and cooperation. With reference to Florian Znaniecki's concept, the Author answers the question: is the "civilisation of the future" an unrealistic fantasy? Some features of this "civilisation of the future" are considered with relation to appropriate social engineering: 1) "infusing the civilisation with spirituality"; 2) "harmonizing of the civilisation"; 3) "flexibility of the civilisation". The article discusses as well relations between "national civilisations" and "the human civilisation". The final statements are: 1) creating of the ecumenical or global civilisation requires careful planning with participation of some specialists in the humanities; 2) the basic feature of this civilisation would be normality of multiplicity of self-definitions created via various ideas, forms and rules of participating in human live.



  • Wyższa Szkoła Humanistyczna w Pułtusku


  • Znaniecki F., Ludzie teraźniejsi a cywilizacja przyszłości, Lwów-Warszawa 1934; wyd. powojenne, Warszawa 2001.

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