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В залата на личния „съд на историята“ (Илокуциите в дневниците на соц-а)
In the Courtroom of the Personal “Court Of History”: (Illocutions in the Diaries of Socialism)

Author(s): Todor Petkov
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Институт по философия и социология при БАН
Keywords: illocutionary forces in the “court of history”; proactively-retroactive time-modalization of the retributive function of legitimate discourse; self-authorization by a practical-logical modus ponens.

Summary/Abstract: The personal diary, being a work of historiography, is also a virtual (in the wider meaning of “imaginary”) court of the “history of the present times”. Among the defendants in this court, the diary’s author takes a specific place: one of his/ her historical deeds is writing the diary itself and holding this quasi-judicial trial. The illocutionary forces of all utterances in this “court” depend primarily on the authorization of the author, on his/ her authorizational identity bestowed by the action of the functions of legitimate discourse (Bourdieu and Deyanov) and by the action of the time-modalized retributive function: what will be the identity of whoever acts now, is a matter of pro-active time-modalization in which all these functions are transposed into the future, and what is to be done now to the one who will have that identity, is that specifically complex – pro-actively retroactive – time-modalization that affects the diary’s author. In the diaries of socialism, the maintenance of the author’s legitimate affirmative identity is achieved in the form of a perpetually active practical-logical modus ponens, and it is not the result but this perpetual action itself, insofar as it stays within the official truth of socialism, that authorizes the “court of history” held by this author.

  • Issue Year: 47/2015
  • Issue No: 1-2
  • Page Range: 49-57
  • Page Count: 9