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Българско възраждане и немска диалектика: естетическият сюжет – (Към философията на българската история)
Bulgarian Revival and German Dialectic: On the Philosophy of Bulgarian History

Author(s): Plamen Antov
Subject(s): Philosophy
Published by: Институт за изследвания на обществата и знанието при БАН
Keywords: The Bulgarian Revival; the German Aufklärung/Romanticism; dialectic; Hegel; Herder; Paisii; Vazov;

Summary/Abstract: The article is part of a more significant comparative study of the Bulgarian National Revival (1762–1880’s) and the social-cultural/social-political processes occurring in Germany in the late 18th and early 19th century. But parallels are sought not at the factual level of particular relations and influences; instead, the study strives to argue that typological propinquities spontaneously arise within the framework of large geo-political and socio-cultural constellations. The problem of self-reflection of the Bulgarian Revival is examined through the paradigm of Hegel’s epistemological dialectic. The article supports the view that the Bulgarian Revival achieved its true reality not in the real political sphere, but through its symbolic Aufhebung in the aesthetic, literary, figurative sphere. Specifically, literary narrative was the maximal, complete way of implementing the Revival in reality. The collective Bulgarian selfconsciousness, accumulated between Paisii and Vazov, was what made Bulgarian historical being; but it made it as a will-to which was the reality itself. This will-to was actualized through literary devices during the Revival between Paisii and Vazov, respectively the first and the last national ideologists. The article focuses attention on the dialogue between two works – Istorija slavjanobulgarska [Slavo-Bulgar History] by Paisii (1762) and the poem „Paisii“ from Vazov’s poetic cycle Epopeja na zabravenite [Epic of the Forgotten] (1882).

  • Issue Year: XXII/2013
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 37-52
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Bulgarian