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Evidences and Quasi-evidences in the Historiography of So Called “National Philosophy” III (National philosophy in Slovak thinking and an attempt at solving the problem)

(Original title: Evidencie a kvázi-evidencie v historiografii tzv. národnej filozofie III (Národná filozofia v slovenskom myslení a pokus o riešenie problému))
Filozofia, 60 (2005), 10, 784-795.
Type of work: Papers
Publication language: Slovak

The paper deals with the conceptions of national philosophy in Slovak thinking of the 19th and 20th centuries (mainly of the Slovak philosopher of that time J. Dieška). The author compares the Hungarian and Slovak interpretations of this issue. Taking into account the philosophical tradition present in the territory of contemporary Slovakia (former Upper Hungary) the author outlines a solution: the Slovak and Hungarian philosophies share a common philosophical Hungarian tradition. The school philosophy in former Upper Hungary is a prehistory and a continuous basis of the Slovak as well as Hungarian philosophies. The school philosophy, however, is not the national philosophy. Up to the end of the 18th century it is incorrect to speak about Slovak or Hungarian philosophy. It is in the activity of the philosophy-related institutions (universities, journals, professional communities, philosophical education), in which the continuity of the Slovak and Hungarian philosophies is to be searched for. In the author’s view the expressions „Slovak philosophy“ and „Hungarian philosophy“ have their functions only as descriptive ones.

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