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Фиrypите на краля: асиметрия на справедливостта и трансцендентност на властта (генезис на една средновековна идеология)
The figure of the king: Asymmetry of justice and transcendence of power

Author(s): Sergei Stefanov
Subject(s): Cultural history
Published by: Фондация за хуманитарни и социални изследвания - София
Keywords: king; symmetry; justice; transcendence of power; power; medieval society; hierarchy; ideology; history of philosophy

Summary/Abstract: Just as it can be derived from its context and can be defined, the kingly figure – whether fictional or real – can also be described as a center of two organizational perspectives in the medieval society. The first perspective is the asymmetry of justice, caused by the concept of the human world as hierarchically constructed, having one (and in some cases it is the only one) source of its order. The second perspective is the transcendence of power, caused by the understanding that the axis of this hierarchy could only pass through divinely supported center. Abstracted in such a way, the two perspectives look causatively bound by the transcendence, which as their cause, synthesizes them in the fi gure of the king, whose power is a source of justice. To show that the case of causal commitment is not a necessity, but a coincidental combination of ideas and dispositions, examples shall be taken from the early and high Middle Ages. In either case the kingly figure and the significations that establish it are bound in a genealogical network of various mental dispositions, which the historical sciences and the mediaeval ideology are trying to homogenize.

  • Issue Year: 2010
  • Issue No: 33
  • Page Range: 251-268
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: Bulgarian